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Kill zombie projects and review your targets: How charities can act now to protect their finances

Even charities with large reserves expect to be severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Liam Kay reports on the tough calls necessary for facing the future

FD in Five Minutes: Paul Butler

Third Sector speaks to the director of finance and operations at Auditory Verbal UK, the charity for children with hearing loss

Don Bawtree: Trustees and auditors need to raise their game

Also: changes to the Sorp committee, Brexit and transparency reporting

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Third Sector Awards 2019: Enterprise Award - Stonewall Equality

Awarded to a social enterprise or charity that has significantly improved its income from its commercial activities in recent years

Third Sector Awards 2019: Finance Team of the Year - Sarcoma UK

Awarded to the finance team that has displayed exceptional financial leadership by, for example, improving the charity's financial performance or by helping it to overcome significant challenges

Third Sector Awards 2019: Marketing Campaign of the Year - Islamic Relief UK for Ramadan Campaign 2018

Awarded to a charity with the best marketing campaign. Examples might include the successful marketing of an organisation's products, services or membership programmes

Four ways to cut costs (without harming the front line)

Doing more for less is tricky to achieve. Liam Kay explores how charities can get more bang for their buck and keep more money for their charitable work

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Focus On... Investment

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?

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?

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

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

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