Mike Ashley has been appointed to the board of the Charity Commission, and will chair its audit and risk committee.

Ashley was formerly head of quality and risk management, KPMG Europe LLP. He has more than 20 years’ experience as an audit partner for several large financial services groups, most recently HSBC Holdings and Standard Chartered PLC, and for the Bank of England

The Disasters Emergency Committee has already raised £6m to tackle the Ebola crisis in West Africa after launching its appeal yesterday

Social impact bond service providers have been urged to seek out new sources of capital to avoid cannibalisation of existing funding

The Cabinet Office has launched a new £1.5m grant fund to help social ventures attract investment and win contracts

Rethink Mental Illness names new chief executive, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home appoints director of operations, and more…

Disasters Emergency Committee has launched its Ebola Crisis Appeal, to scale up efforts which have already seen member agencies help more than 2.5 million people affected by the spread of the virus

Londoners can now donate to young people’s charities every day they travel on the Underground, bus, tram, DLR, Overground, and National Rail services that accept Oyster

NCVO is to review the Charity Commission’s governance structure, looking at ways to strengthen the regulator’s perceived independence

The Disasters Emergency Committee is to launch an appeal in response to a disease outbreak for the first time in 50 years, to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

People who associate charities with political activity and government funding are more likely to mistrust the organisations, new research has shown

A new report from the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations calls on voluntary groups to create more consortia of public service organisations which persist beyond the lifetime of an individual contract or election cycle

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation names new chief executive, and more…

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has announced Peter Hills-Jones as its new chief executive


Dr Nicola Davies looks at the politics and finance that could indicate future visions of the charity sector

Antony Savvas says the crowdfunding market for charities is not only a test bed for fundraising skills but also a potential shoe horn into much larger revenue streams

Peter Holbrook argues that social enterprises and trading charities should play a greater role in getting involved with public service contracts and greater transparency on this issue should emanate from government

The social economy is on the march, says Sam Simmons, and its policies are designed to equip people with some radical tools to build a stronger, more equal and prosperous society

When it comes to innovative web design, charities are taking risks where they promise to deliver substantial return on investment, finds IT consultant and Charity Times Awards judge Julie Howell

There has been a year-on-year increase in donations via IT Apps. But, finds Julie Howell, charities can still take more advantage of new App opportunities

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February-March 2014: Trustees & CEO Pay

Trustees came under the spotlight last year because of their reluctance to defend
the salaries of their chief executives. The sector has since offered trustees opportunities to learn from the experience. It is an opportunity they must take, argues Andrew Holt

December/January 2013-14: Impact Leadership

Tris Lumley takes the reader on an in-depth journey analysing impact
leadership, arguing that impact starts with leadership

August/September 2013 Cover Story: Revisiting the Big Society

Andrew Holt searches through the maze that is the Big Society for meaning

June/July 2013 Cover Story: Testing times, big opportunities

Contrasting sector evidence suggests the fundraising environment is tougher than it has ever been while other data suggests it is indeed tough but equally ripe with opportunity. Hugh Wilson unravels the debate

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April/May 2013 Cover Story: Measuring Impact

Impact measurement is the current sector zeitgeist. Hugh Wilson finds charities embracing it to keep funders happy and arguments over the measurement of data, but ultimately, the benefits of good impact measurement are significant and the idea is here to stay

February/March 2013 Cover Story: Are charities special?

What is the role of charities? Are they unique? Or do charities increasingly ape what other organisations can do just as well? Hugh Wilson investigates

December/January 2012 Cover Feature: The Good Leader

With morale in the sector at its lowest ebb, Duncan Jefferies asks what makes an effective leader and how charities can attract and develop the best management talent in the current environment

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