Money matters

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

- More funders should give unrestricted grants, according to recommendations from think tank New Philanthropy Capital. "If a funder has fully assessed a charity and believes the charity worthy of funding, then unrestricted funding will be the most beneficial," NPC said in the report Granting Success: Lessons from Funders and Charities.

- Charity information website GuideStar UK is consulting on plans to allow charities with incomes between £10,000 and £25,000 to continue to make their annual reports and accounts available for public viewing, even though they are no longer required to do so by law. The move is also to help make small charities more visible to funders. To respond to the consultation, contact Lewis Temple at ltemple@guidestar.org.uk.

- The Government has launched a consultation on secondary legislation for its scheme to allow charities to benefit from funds in dormant bank accounts. It will cover technical aspects of the scheme such as expanding the scope of the Financial Services Auth-ority's regulatory powers. For more information, visit www.hm-treasury.gov.uk and click on 'consultations and legislation'.

- The Charity Finance Directors' Group annual conference will take place in London on 19 May, from 8.30am until 6pm.Speakers at the conference, called Managing in a Recession, include Mark Watts, chief executive of the RSPCA, and Martin Brookes, chief executive of New Philanthropy Capital. See the events section at www.cfdg.org.uk.

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