"All the positive things I have seen in the past 25 years have been brought about by people, not by governments"

- David Bellamy broadcaster and environmental campaigner

"If the sector becomes a sub-contractor for government programmes, you risk damaging the creativity that is the basis of the voluntary sector"

- Bob Reitemeier chief executive, Children's Society

"Many charities haven't got a clue what their core costs are. They estimate their core costs on the back of a cigarette packet"

- Martin Brooks economic advisor, New Philanthropy Capital (and leading research to produce an ACEVO guide, Allocating Core Costs).

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