Money matters: Mathew Little's round-up of what's happening in the finance world

The Charity Accountants' Conference, the Children's Investment Fund, Acevo and the Charity Finance Directors' Group feature this week.

- Jeremy Swain, chief executive of homelessness charity Thamesreach, will deliver the opening address at this year's Charity Accountants' Conference in Nottingham on 18 and 19 September.He will speak on what chief executives want from their finance teams. The second plenary, on what fundraisers want from the finance function, will be led by Susan Beck, director of fundraising at TreeHouse.

- The Children's Investment Fund, a hedge fund that donates a proportion of its profits to the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, lost more than $1bn (£500m) in June, according to investors. The fund made profits in the year to May and is considered one of the most successful hedge funds in the world. The charity has plans to expand staff numbers this year and says it is on a trajectory to distribute more than $100m (£50m) a year.

- Acevo has launched a full cost recovery business planner. The CD-Rom helps organisations to cost multiple projects and write business plans efficiently. Acevo's full cost recovery training programmes will use the business planner and will run from September to February 2009.

- The Charity Finance Directors' Group, chaired by Charles Nall, and the Charities Consortium have published a response to the Accounting Standards Board consultation on the financial reporting of pensions. The submission argues that changes in assets and liabilities relating to pension plans should be recognised immediately.

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