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Don Bawtree: There are lessons to learn on diversity

Don Bawtree: There are lessons to learn on diversity

Also: The commission reviews charity accounts; and a new insider fraud alert

Impact reporting should never be painful or expensive

Impact reporting should never be painful or expensive

Many small organisations struggle to demonstrate the difference they make, but by following some simple steps they can show the value of their work to funders and supporters. Emma Sheppard reports

FD in five minutes: Sharon Daley

FD in five minutes: Sharon Daley

The director of operations and finance at the Centre for Ageing Better enjoys the sea air on the south coast

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What size should your charity be?

What size should your charity be?

Deciding how far to grow - or even shrink - can be very difficult for charities. Liam Kay examines five important factors to consider when deciding on a financial strategy

FD in Five Minutes: Wyn Jones

FD in Five Minutes: Wyn Jones

The finance director at the national adult health and social care charity Making Space

"More questions are being asked about financial viability"

"More questions are being asked about financial viability"

The collapse of Carillion has created a more challenging environment for organisations that deliver public sector contracts. Mark Moody, chief executive of Change, Grow, Live, tells Liam Kay that this is not necessarily a bad thing

Don Bawtree: VAT is a tax that charities need to actively minimise

Don Bawtree: VAT is a tax that charities need to actively minimise

Also: HMRC's annual report, Charity Commission research on trust in charities and updates from the Financial Reporting Council

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Focus On... Investment

The ethical minefield of investment funds

The ethical minefield of investment funds

Revelations by the BBC's Panorama programme last year once more raised the issue of investments that appear to run counter to a charity's objects. Patrick McCurry assesses the latest thinking

Have emerging markets lost their attraction?

Have emerging markets lost their attraction?

Both Russia and China have experienced rapid economic growth compared with their western rivals, but economic and political difficulties might have dampened their allure. Edward Lander reports

Do common investment funds have a future?

Do common investment funds have a future?

Newton and the Charities Aid Foundation are among those that have recently decided to close their CIFs. Edward Lander looks at the pros and cons of this special financial vehicle

Interview: John Harrison

Interview: John Harrison

The professor at Cass Business School says charities tend to be conservative investors and thus reap lower returns

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