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.

Measurement: A double-edged sword for social value

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February 16, 2015 at 09:52

We’re all positivists now. Although there are a few ‘heretics’, generally, it seems that the march of the measurers has been a successful one. Nearly every charity that I speak with is interested in measurement and finding ways to report on its impact, though most are held back by the lack of time, resources or experience. Overall, this is a step forward. But we should also be cautious. Measurement is inherently idiosyncratic given the diversity of the sector and vast range of different outcomes that they are trying to achieve. This is not merely diversity by issue, but also diversity […]

CFG’s response to the social investment tax relief consultation: acceleration of “a great force for social change on our planet” or a missed opportunity?

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September 5, 2013 at 09:30

Why the social investment tax relief is potentially good news for charities… With the usual caveat firmly in place, that social investment is never likely to be appropriate for all (probably most) of the organisations in our sector, the concept of a tax relief for investment into social enterprises sounds great – five easy steps to a win-win-win situation: Step 1: As a keen supporter of charities I hear about social investment, and decide to discuss it with my financial advisor. Step 2: They tell me they don’t know much about social investment, but the limited options available seem quite […]

Business rate relief for charity shops in Wales: why it matters elsewhere too

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July 11, 2013 at 14:16

The business rates relief available to charities has been thrust into the spotlight of late.  As well as a number of high profile cases linking charity rate relief to tax avoidance by landlords, they have also been the subject of debate in Wales, following a report by the Business Rates Task and Finish Group commissioned by the Welsh Government. At present charities occupying commercial property are entitled to relief on business rates, provided it is used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes.  This includes 80% mandatory relief funded by central government, which local, or ‘billing’ authorities can choose to top […]