Do charities need to become social enterprises to survive?

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August 4, 2016 at 12:06

Heather Black at Economic Change asks “Is charity becoming irrelevant?” – this will be the question posed at the Large Charities Conference taking place in September, hosted by the Charity Finance Group.

Ten things you should know about the new power to make social investments

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August 1, 2016 at 10:53

The Charity Commission has produced interim guidance on the new social investment power which was passed in the recent Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016. This came into force on the 31st July 2016. I’d encourage anyone interested in social investment to read the full guidance here, but in order to help busy trustees and charity finance teams, here are ten things you should know about the new power to make social investments

Guest blog: Stamp duty increase reinforces case for charity investors to invest in stamp-exempt funds

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June 15, 2016 at 16:07

In this guest blog, James Thornton from Mayfair Capital explores a more hidden benefit for charity investors from the Budget back in March.

Guest blog: Insights into charity investment practices

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June 10, 2016 at 10:25

This guest blog is courtesy of Newton Investment Management. It provides an overview of some of the key findings from their recent survey of charity leaders, shedding light of charity investment practices and portfolios. The 2016 survey is now open. 

What did the Romans ever know about data protection?

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January 19, 2016 at 17:33

As usual, quite a lot. Caesar famously used his cipher device to protect important and sensitive military data among his generals. So what can we learn from the famous Roman?

Social investment: Government’s Windex for civil society

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December 7, 2015 at 16:19

Those who know me know that I like a good laugh.  So it’s no surprise that I love the 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  For those of you who missed the fabulous romantic comedy (a surprise box office hit), it’s well worth watching! In it, the main character, Toula, is a 30 year old Greek ‘spinster’ who is coming under increasing pressure to marry a ‘good Greek boy’. There’s a running gag that her father, Gus, is convinced the answer to every problem is Windex (a cleaning product).

Just one thing, Sir John…

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November 18, 2015 at 15:32

Last week I was delighted to attend NCVO’s Annual Hinton Lecture which saw an excellent speech from former Prime Minister, Sir John Major. Sir John touched on a number of subjects, far too many to consider in one blog post, and you can read the speech here or listen to it here. However one thing that struck me was Sir John’s answer in the Q&A after the speech around the need for investment in preventative services but that the public sector could not be expected to provide this in the coming years.

What’s the latest data on charity sector income and expenditure?

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June 10, 2015 at 10:26

The UK Civil Society Almanac 2015 is here and as ever provides a wealth of valuable data. I’ve had a read through and drawn out what I think are some of the key findings for people interested in charity finance.

A chance to restart the social investment conversation

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March 31, 2015 at 09:00

Last Friday saw the launch of the Alternative Social Investment Commission’s report. You can read the full report with its conclusions and recommendations here. As someone who has followed the social investment market’s development closely after the past few years, this report is a welcome breath of fresh air in a debate which appeared to have stagnated. The report starts, quite rightly, by looking at what social investment actually is. Over the years, there has been a tendency to radically extend the definition of social investment to meaning any money that the sector receives that isn’t a grant or a […]

Can charities help end the ‘pushmi-pullyu’ of local government spending to support prevention?

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March 16, 2015 at 09:14

The recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on ‘The cost of the cuts: the impact on local government and poorer communities’ makes for fascinating reading. There is a lot of analysis and statistics on how the frontloading of government spending cuts on local government have hit services and communities, as well as the voluntary sector. While there are a number of worrying issues highlighted by this report, from the point of the view of charities and the sector’s finances, the most worrying was the squeeze on spending on preventative services and the lack of capacity of local authorities to undertake full […]