Money matters

Helen Warrell's round-up of what's happening in the finance world.

- Finance experts keen for a challenge should contact Charity Bank, which is searching for new trustees to expand its board. New recruits will also be replacing outgoing board members Humayon Dar, Susan Rice and Pushpa Raguvaran. The bank is looking for creative, motivated leaders with "financial imagination" from the business, community development and charity sectors. Email daine for details. 

- London South Bank University is seeking paper submissions for its fifth social enterprise research conference on 26 and 27 June. The event will cover reflections on how the social enterprise movement has developed so far, as well as "explorations of impact". Papers should be emailed to by 31 March.

- The Body Shop Foundation, set up by the late Anita Roddick, has invested £55,000 in a UK micro-loans charity to fund a new branch in Mzimba, central Malawi. The MicroLoan Foundation will use the grant to cover all its set-up costs, including the salaries for three loan officers and funding for the initial loan book. The office is expected to be self-funding within two years, using interest payments to cover everyday running costs.

- Third sector organisations in the north east are boosting their online presence for free, thanks to work by Newcastle's Community IT Academy. The project, which is supported by development agency One NorthEast, trains organisations to manage their sites effectively and use no-cost software to develop new or improved web pages.

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