Alternative Futures Group was named the Charity of the Year with an income over £30m at the Charity Times Awards in London last night.

The North West based charity, which helps adults with learning disabilities or mental health needs, was recognised for consistently meeting financial management targets without compromising its high levels of support

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced £8m in new funding for the Charity Commission, to help it tackle abuse including the use of funds for extremist and terrorist activity

The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and community development agency Sobus have set out a new model to improve access to social investment

Paul Hamlyn Foundation announces new director, and more…

A group of umbrella bodies has called for an early review of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme after research has uncovered a range of awareness and understanding issues with the programme

Substance abuse charities Addaction and KCA are set to merge, the organisations have announced

New chairs at Prisoners Abroad and PRS for Music Foundation, Acevo appoints new head of trading and consultancy arm and health policy unit, and more…

The government’s commission on social mobility and child poverty has set out the role of charities in its plan to reduce the division in UK society out to 2020

World Christian Ministries’ trustees responded appropriately to a £30,000 fraud and regulatory action was not required, the Charity Commission has found

The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations has named Paul Farmer of Mind and Sharon Allen of Skills For Care as its new chair and vice-chair


Research consultancy nfpSynergy has suggested the next government consider a range of amendments to the Gift Aid scheme to get the most out of the programme

Old Mutual Wealth is set to acquire discretionary investment manager Quilter Cheviot for £585m

City Bridge Trust approves extra funding to The Prince’s Trust; Charity Commission operational compliance case on Society Network Foundation; Salvation Army Trading Company launches 200th shop; and more…


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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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