Money matters: Helen Warrell's round-up of what's happening in the finance world

Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, is encouraging charities and social enterprises to bid for community ownership of local authority assets ahead of the 15 February application deadline for the Advancing Assets for Communities programme.

The scheme already has 34 pilot transfers running across the country. See www.dta.org.uk.

- Representatives from Investing For Good, an organisation that works to link charitable giving with the financial markets, will give a lecture on social investment at a philanthropy symposium in London on 16 and 17 April. The organisation will explore the idea of social investment being "the new asset class" at the event, which is being held by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. See www.step.org.

- UnLtd, the foundation supporting social entrepreneurs, has launched a new networking site. UnLtdWorld is intended to help build the capacity of third sector organisations and encourage better relationships between enterprises, relevant agencies and the public. See www.unltdworld.com.

- Ethical investment expert Eiris is holding a free seminar about responsible investment for charities on 27 March at London's Wellcome Collection Conference Centre. The seminar will consider the opportunities and challenges of incorporating social, environmental and ethical issues into charity investments. Email sam.collin@eiris.org to register.

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