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

Unity Trust appoints a new head of national charities, CFDG offers a free presentation of the effects of the economic downturn and how to sign up for free Gift Aid support.

- Social bank Unity Trust has appointed Nigel Tyrrell as head of national charities. Tyrrell, who will be based in London, has previously been director of third sector operations at Europe Arab Bank and head of the Barclays charity team.

- A supply and demand map for charitable financial services in Northern Ireland is being drawn up by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, together with Charity Bank and Experian. The foundation is speaking to key stakeholders such as politicians, community groups and finance providers, and hopes to draw up a map of the location, scale and intensity of financial exclusion, divided into local authority wards.

- A free presentation on the effects of the downturn on charities will be held by the Charity Finance Directors' Group, the Institute of Fundraising and PricewaterhouseCoopers on 1 December. The organisations will present the results of research they have collaborated on. Speakers will include Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the institute, and Keith Hickey, chief executive of the CFDG. It will be held at the Grange City Hotel in London.

- Charities are being offered the chance to sign up for a free Gift Aid support database. The GiftEase Lite database, from software company GiftEase Ltd, will offer inbuilt calculations based on HM Revenue & Customs rules, along with video tutorials and forum support. More information can be found here.

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