That was then ... from Third Sector, 23 September 1993

- The Charities Aid Foundation is to announce a major programme of expansion that will see the organisation processing individual gifts and matched giving throughout Europe and across the Atlantic.

In October, the international matched-giving scheme will be launched at the European Foundation Centre's corporate group meeting in Barcelona. (Page 1)

- Fourteen disability organisations are joining forces to produce a full-scale newspaper for all three party conferences in an effort to raise MPs' awareness of disability issues. Disability Daily has been sponsored by Tunstall Telecom, and the printing and distribution are being done at local papers in Blackpool and Torquay. (Page 6)

- The Charity Commission has taken a significant step towards widening trustees' investment powers by approving in principle the setting up of Common Investment Funds specialising in overseas markets. Michael Harbottle, a senior lawyer at the commission, confirmed to Third Sector this month that the commissioners had taken the decision two months ago. (Page 9)

- The Northumberland Wildlife Trust has negotiated a novel way of paying its rent. It is to pay one acorn a year for its new headquarters in the grounds of St Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne. A spokesman said that it should have been a peppercorn rent, but that a peppercorn had no conservation value. (Back page)

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