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

Tobacco, armaments, pornography and activities contrary to the "sanctity of life" are excluded from a new fund for charities that has been launched by fund management firm BlackRock. Charifaith invests only in companies that follow the values and ethos of the Catholic Church; investors do not have to be Catholic, but must share similar values.

Cancer Research UK has joined forces with financial adviser Origen to offer a new retirement advice service for cancer patients. The charity says cancer patients may be losing out by neglecting to shop around for the best pension schemes. The service will advise on the most suitable retirement options. Should clients find an improved annuity rate through the service, CRUK will receive 20 per cent of Origen's commission or fees.

- Software company Iris has acquired Charity Software Limited, which trades as Donor Strategy. The purchase has increased Iris's market share of the top 100 UK charities to 54 per cent. It also extends the reach of the company into small and medium-sized organisations.

- Pesh Framjee, special adviser to the Charity Finance Directors' Group, and John Shaw, finance director of Oxfam, will be among the speakers at a Horwath Clark Whitehill conference on the challenges facing international NGOs on 30 October in London. Topics to be covered include operating in Africa, getting the best out of audits and counter-terrorism. Email

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