Money matters: Crowe Clark Whitehill, Charity Finance Directors' Group and Agenda Consulting, Rainbow Charity for Children with Autism

David Ainsworth's round-up of what's happening in the finance world

The Co-Operative Bank
The Co-Operative Bank

- Crowe Clark Whitehill, the specialist charity accountancy firm, is planning to launch a tax forum for international charities next year. The forum will address the tax and VAT problems faced by international organisations, and will meet for the first time in February. To take part, email

- A benchmarking study aimed at charities that want to measure their finance function against comparable organisations has been launched by the Charity Finance Directors' Group and Agenda Consulting. For further information and to take part in the study, visit and view the Benchmarking tab.

- The Co-Operative Bank and the Social Investment Business have combined to lend £4.5m to the Rainbow Charity for Children with Autism. The finance will allow the charity to build an independent day school that will accommodate up to 60 autistic children. The charity and social enterprise banking team at the Co-operative loaned £2.15m, to supplement money already committed by the SIB from the Futurebuilders fund.


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