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FD in Five Minutes: Julia Berry

FD in Five Minutes: Julia Berry

Third Sector speaks to the head of finance at Dementia Adventure

Seb Elsworth: Championing equality and diversity through social investment

Seb Elsworth: Championing equality and diversity through social investment

Social investment can help equalities organisations, but has to do more to address diversity in the social investment sector

Joe Saxton: The outcome of the Sorp governance review is good news for donors

Joe Saxton: The outcome of the Sorp governance review is good news for donors

The review's recommendations could help to make information on charities in the public domain more accurate

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FD in Five Minutes: Rocio Roberts

FD in Five Minutes: Rocio Roberts

Third Sector speaks to the director of finance and central services at Freedom from Torture

Don Bawtree: What should audit committees ask about financial reporting?

Don Bawtree: What should audit committees ask about financial reporting?

Plus: guidance on sponsorship; church fetes and VAT; and cyber security

Kate Rogers: Investment can join the war on climate change

Kate Rogers: Investment can join the war on climate change

And here are three ways you can help

You don't need offices in London

You don't need offices in London

Most national charities continue to have head offices in the English capital. But, as Liam Kay discovers, there's a host of advantages to being located in other areas

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Charity property: could you be entitled to a huge VAT saving?

Charity property: could you be entitled to a huge VAT saving?

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When a property is being constructed, VAT is charged at the standard rate. But if you're a charity, health body, educational institution, housing association or finance house, the work may well fall into a category that justifies zero-rating - and you could make a massive saving

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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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