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Don Bawtree: Cultural change at the top, a clean bill of health on tax and clearer reporting

Don Bawtree: Cultural change at the top, a clean bill of health on tax and clearer reporting

The lead partner for charities at accountants BDO LLP provides an update on charity finance

Experts including Bruce Gordon discuss the role of treasurer

Experts including Bruce Gordon discuss the role of treasurer

For a charity board, the absence of a finance expert is a drawback - but it can be overcome, finds Sam Burne James

Charitable status for journalism proceeds by one case at a time

Charitable status for journalism proceeds by one case at a time

Some publications already have charitable status as part of the broader activities of a charity, but one high-profile applicant has failed twice. Sam Burne James reports

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Legal update: Charity Commission consults on changes to annual return

Legal update: Charity Commission consults on changes to annual return

The government has also dropped proposals to change the definition of a charity for tax purposes, writes Adrian Pashley

Legal Update: The Charity Commission is getting tougher on misconduct

Legal Update: The Charity Commission is getting tougher on misconduct

The regulator is also improving its transparency, writes Adrian Pashley

Responsible investment: three steps for trustees

Responsible investment: three steps for trustees

High-profile examples of charities such as Comic Relief (pictured) investing in products that conflict with their aims might have caused sleepless nights for trustees, but investments can also be a force for good, write Howard Pearce and David Russell

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How to reduce theft at your charity

Maximising security on your premises, using deterrents such as SmartWater and ensuring computer systems are secure can all prevent a theft occuring, says Wendy Cotton, a charity insurance expert at Markel

Renting a property: how to minimise the risks

Managing the risks that come with renting a property can make the difference between a charity thriving or failing

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Charity Law

Charities need a fair volunteering policy

Charities need a fair volunteering policy

After the National Trust was criticised for overstretching its voluntary staff, Jonathan Bruck and Chelsea Martin outline the legal considerations for charities

New law for cooperatives and community benefit societies

New law for cooperatives and community benefit societies

Some say the new legal structure will put industrial and provident societies on a par with companies; others are less positive. Sam Burne James reports

Points of law: Clarity on social investment

Points of law: Clarity on social investment

Legal experts, including Jonathan Brinsden of Bircham Dyson Bell, have generally welcomed the Law Commission's proposal for a new power to guide trustees on tax matters - but there are still questions to be answered, finds Sam Burne James

Total return investment for permanently endowed charities

Total return investment for permanently endowed charities

Robert Boddington explains the new rules on spending capital gains and outlines the main considerations for trustees deciding whether to adopt a total return approach

CIC or charity? Discuss

CIC or charity? Discuss

Keep an eye on the detail, say lawyers including Gerry Morrison of Rollits, if you want to be a community interest company

Rules on restricted funds

Rules on restricted funds

The Society Network Foundation's diversion of leftover money is under scrutiny. Laura Soley, pictured, says it is a frequent misconception that getting the donor's permission to make the change is all that is required

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