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

information security, charity accounting, inflation-proof investments and venture philanthropy feature this week.

Sayer Vincent, the management, accountancy and IT consultancy, is inviting charities to join its information security forum for organisations keen to improve the effectiveness of their information systems. The next forum discussion will take place in London on 12 June and will focus on mergers and IT. Speakers will be David Membrey (pictured) of the Charity Finance Directors' Group and Rob Gethen-Smith of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' annual charity conference will take place on 23 June at Holywell Park Conference Centre in Loughborough. It will look at issues including Sorp development, trustee policy and VAT. For more information and to book, email

Charities should try to make their investments inflation-proof over the next year, according to investment management firm Baring Asset Management. The company predicts that inflation will increase and has recommended that charities guard against rising prices by moving investments to inflation-protected bonds, emerging market commodities, gold and overseas properties.

Venture philanthropy charity the Impetus Trust has announced that it will make Street League, a charity that uses sport to help socially disadvantaged people, its 11th charity investment. The trust intends to use its investment to help the charity grow, and will supplement direct investment by securing pro-bono advice and co-investment.

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