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Oct/Nov 2016

Contactless payment is the norm for many face-to-face transactions, but not yet for donations. The technology is on the rise, however, with implications for fundraising


Oct/Nov 2016

Outsourcing back office functions can be a cost saving move for charities looking to make funds stretch further, but it is not for everyone


Oct/Nov 2016

Devolution has the potential to benefit charities and their service users, but a good outcome for the sector is not guaranteed


September 2016

Charities could be sitting on a potential treasure trove in the data they hold on supporters and data generated by their operations, but very few have the in-house capability to make the most of it


September 2016

The new Insurance Act seeks to create a fairer balance between insurers and policyholders. Charity Times covers the changes


September 2016

Media coverage in 2015 made for uncomfortable reading for fundraisers. What steps has the sector taken to adjust practices and approaches in the wake of such an awful year?


September 2016

Corporate partnerships can offer a wealth of benefits but how do you make sure you find the right company for your organisation?


July 2016

Charities face a range of challenges in meeting their retirement income obligations to employees past and present


July 2016

Unseen is a small, multi-award winning organisation taking on the massive problem of modern slavery. Chief executive Andrew Wallis told Matt Ritchie how the charity goes about it


July 2016

The relationship between charities and their regulators has been decidedly fraught of late. Should these bodies play the role of critical friend or disciplinarian?


April/May 2016

Charity Shops are integral to both fundraising and visibility. In difficult times for retail generally, how are they holding up?


April/May 2016

Best New Charity 2015 winner The Silver Line has experienced rapid growth since launch in 2013. Chief executive Sophie Andrews talked Matt Ritchie through the charity’s unique offering and the challenges ahead


April/May 2016

Getting a clear picture of the costs of investment management services and the impact on performance is not straightforward


April/May 2016

William Reid highlights some areas of interest he comes across as a charity investment manager, and one bugbear...


April/May 2016

Charities’ participation in the debate around EU membership is the latest battleground for third sector independence, as evidence mounts that charities are being muzzled


Feb/March 2016

The charity sector is host to many innovative uses of mobile technology, but its full potential may have been underexploited to date


Feb/March 2016

City Bridge Trust director David Farnsworth spoke to Matt Ritchie about the organisation’s plans and priorities on the eve of its 20th anniversary


Feb/March 2016

IntoUniversity won the Charity Times Charity of the Year (£1-£5m income) in 2015, recognised for its excellent model and approach to targeting areas of greatest need. Chief executive Dr Rachel Carr told Matt Ritchie how the organisation grew from a community centre project to a national charity helping thousands of children a year


Feb/March 2016

A campaign has swung into action to reverse the trend of sharply declining public sector grant funding to charities, but bringing about a change in approach promises to be a tough task


Feb/March 2016

Considerations for charities looking to diversify their funding mix


Feb/March 2016

How charities need to consider the full range of options to build their resilience


December/January 2015/16

Charity investors could be in for a bumpy ride in 2016


December/January 2015/16

Citizens Advice celebrated its 75th birthday last year. This year it was one of our charities of the year, and Chief executive Gillian Guy says the organisation is working hard to make its service more appealing and effective than ever


December/January 2015/16

Charities are required to review their investments and managers, but there are plenty of grey areas around when and how they should do it


December/January 2015/16

The key issues ahead of the third sector in the year ahead, and how they can be tackled


June/July 2015

Antony Savvas considers how charities can ensure their IT function is understood across the organisation to gain maximum value from it, and what they can do to keep their sensitive donor and beneficiary data secure


June/July 2015

Joe Lepper looks at the latest thinking on how charities can engage with major donors and the benefits of doing it well


July 2015

Eileen Houghton of accountancy firm Carpenter Box spoke to Queen Alexandra Hospital Home’s head of finance David Hood about how the charity is dealing with the new SORP


Feb/March 2015

When Sue Davie joined Meningitis Trust from the private sector in 2002, it was the fulfilment of an ambition to work in civil society before the age of 40


Feb/March 2015

Investments in emerging market assets have promised much over the past several years, but investors have not always been rewarded. Mathew Little asks whether charities’ faith in emerging markets is about to be repaid


Feb/March 2015

Charities are increasingly taking advantage of mobile technology to increase their income and achieve their objectives. Antony Savvas looks at how charities are harnessing the power of apps


Feb/March 2015

Jay Kennedy finds the NAO’s recent follow-up report on the Charity Commission raises some notable points, but says there are some important gaps in the analysis


Feb/March 2015

The Lobbying Act passed last year despite vociferous opposition from the charity sector. Halfway through the regulated period in the run up to the general election, Joe Lepper looks at how charities are approaching campaigning under the new regime


January 2015

Voluntary sector leaders continue the debate on how the sector can and should develop


January 2015

David Adams rounds up the key issues ahead of the third sector in 2015, finding charity leaders would be well advised to expect the unexpected


January 2015

One of the country’s largest charities, but regional in focus, Alternative Futures Group has found ways to prosper while funding has shrunk. Chief executive Neil Campbell tells Matt Ritchie how the 2014 Charity Times Award winner is finding new ways to succeed


January 2015

Mathew Little looks at the various factors likely to impact upon the investment environment in 2015, and takes expert views on the implications for charities


October/November 2014

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms are now ubiquitous in modern life, and are increasingly being used to help raise funds and awareness. Antony Savvas looks at what works and what doesn’t on these new channels


October/November 2014

Maurice McLeod reviews the social impact investment landscape following a recent flurry of activity in the area


21/11/2014

Directory of Social Change director of policy and research Jay Kennedy says DSC's objections to the regulator gathering some of its funding from the sector include practicality, proportionality, PR, precedent, and principle


August/September 2014

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


August/September 2014

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


August/September 2014

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


August/September 2014

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


August/September 2014

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


February/March 2014

Andrea Cooper explains why tackling the lack of social mobility and access to opportunity for young people is an essential sector and society problem


February/March 2014

The passing of the Lobbying Bill means that the nature of charity campaigning could change. But Becky Slack finds many in the sector advising charities to stand their ground


February/March 2014

Tracey Gyateng argues that a better use of data by charities helps them improve their operational effectiveness, the service they provide to their beneficiaries and the outcomes they achieve


February/March 2014

There is a hope we have entered a new investment era that could open up a period of dynamic asset allocation. Andrew Holt analyses the investment strategies open to charities


February/March 2014

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


February/March 2014

Kate Lee turned around her charity to boost its income, service satisfaction rates and staff morale. She is a Jack Russell of the charity CEO world, she tells Andrew Holt


December/January 2013/14

RBLI chief executive Steve Sherry has impressively transformed his charity in a difficult, ever changing environment. Communication, he tells Andrew Holt, is the key


December/January 2013/14

Charity reserves are for a rainy day and it has been raining for some time. But the sector has work to do to make sure charities and their beneficiaries get the maximum value from their reserves, argues Maurice Mcleod


October/November 2013

There are plenty of options for charities to start using data in more imaginative ways, particularly to understand their results, but we are not seeing the response from charities, argues Tracey Gyateng


October/November 2013

Becky Slack found the main political party conferences lacking in any sector narrative, but there was interesting debate on the fringes


October/November 2013

Oliver Wallin argues that a switch to total return mandates could give charities a more effective way of managing risk


October/November 2013

Antony Savvas says charities are approaching the opportunities offered by new technology with caution, but they shouldn’t be put off from testing the water


October/November 2013

Beth Breeze and Theresa Lloyd analyse the history of philanthropy, finding it is not a simple, static activity, with philanthropists open to change


October/November 2013

With a rise in income of 11 per cent last year, Alzheimer's Research UK has bucked the trend of the economic environment. But that is only one success amongst many, finds Andrew Holt


August/September 2013

Cian Murphy analyses research on charities and the issue of trust


August/September 2013

David Cameron has described social investment as “a great force for social change” and has boosted the market with some significant changes. But while it offers much to the sector, there are some stumbling blocks ahead, says Joe Lepper


August/September 2013

Harry de Ferry Foster analyses the approaches to investment in commercial property


August/September 2013

The projected returns on offer to charities through commercial property investment are highly attractive, says Andrew Holt


August/September 2013

There are several reasons charities make attractive targets for fraudsters, notes Maurice Mcleod, but some important sector initiatives are helping charities to fight back


June/July 2013

Henny Braund’s successful tenure as CEO of blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan was built on a simple question. Andrew Holt found out more


June/July 2013

Charity campaigning and independence have been brought into question by some high profile examples, and, warns Joe Lepper, is still open for debate


June/July 2013

The Co-operative’s entry into ethical insurance should be a sign of good things to come in the sector, but is it? Helen Yates investigates


June/July 2013

Ethical investment is no longer the poor performer it once was, and with this has come the wider considerations of ethical investment for charities, says Philip Smith


June/July 2013

Rowanne Westhenry finds the banking sector has served the Third Sector well over the years, but there are challenges ahead


June/July 2013

Andrew Holt analyses the many key initiatives and developments that are contributing to a flourishing social enterprise sector. But also strikes some notes of caution


Feb/March 2013

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


Feb/March 2013

Robert Boddington plots the lost decade and predicts equities will ultimately make good progress

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Feb/March 2013

Andrew Holt looks at the potential great rotation and eventual bounce in equities

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December/January 2013

Diverse leadership in the sector is driving greater professionalism and innovation, finds Hugh Wilson


December/January 2012/13

Joe Lepper looks at 2013 charity investment opportunities and notes charities are set to face some tough decisions in 2013 on how the get the most out of their money


December/January 2013

Andrew Holt chaired a thought provoking discussion on a much discussed, but often misunderstood, issue of cloud computing. Sponsored by Eduserv

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Feb/March_2011

From NCVO to the first director general of the Office of Third Sector, Campbell Robb has left a lasting legacy on the sector. Now as chief executive of Shelter he faces his biggest challenge. Andrew Holt found out what he plans next


April/May_2011

When Dr Hany El-Banna founded Islamic Relief it had no office and had to win over the Muslim community. It is now one of the most respected international faith groups in the world. Andrew Holt traces Dr Hany’s vision and journey


December/January 2010/11

Andrew Holt chaired a group of insurance and third sector experts on insurance and risk issues facing charities. The list was comprehensive, with the challenges and awareness facing the sector considerable, but opportunities exist for those organisations who are up to speed


September/2010

Andrew Holt met the 2010 Charity Times Charity Principal of the Year Philip Bartey, to discuss how he turned around an ailing charity with low staff morale to triple its income in five years, and the challenges ahead


August/September

Peter Davy tries to establish a map through the maze that is the Big Society

For David Cameron, it’s a “great passion”, and for Labour, it’s a “big con”. However, for most, the Big Society has just been a bit vague....


June/July 10

Andrew Holt dissects the Coalition Government and what it means for the Third Sector


April 2010

The sector as a whole would prefer a Labour victory, but it can easily live with a Conservative Government. Peter Davy studies the differences, but more importantly, the similarities of how the sector fits into the ideology of each party, and finds not much to mark them out


February 2010

With commodities in demand and prices continuing to move upwards despite hitting decade-high rises in 2009, investment by charities in this market would seem an obvious move. Rob Kingsbury reports. And Guy Davies looks at how ETFS can be successfully used by charities to access the commodities universe


February 2010

Peter Davy looks at how charity fundraising has fared in the recession, and finds the sector buoyant in the face of adversity. Though he finds concern over the longevity of the downturn. While Lindsay Boswell argues fundraising is not about the money, but about beneficiaries and connecting donors


December 2009

Sponsored by Sarasin & Partners. Pooled investments spread risks across asset classes, industry sectors and geographies, offering charities the reassurance of investing alongside their peers in a dedicated charities fund. Andrew Cave looks at the diversification benefits


December 2009

Love or loath them, corporate partnerships are a crucial part of the charity world, sometimes generating huge funds. David Adams dissects what makes a good partnership


December 2009

No bigger challenge faces charities than climate change. Andrew Holt investigates the various ways the sector can raise its game and shape the debate going forward for the benefit of the sector and society


December 2009

The National Autistic Society's campaigns manager set a big task for his charity when he wanted to campaign for a law to improve services for autistic adults. He achieved his aim. Andrew Holt found out how


October 2009

Andrew Holt looks at a comprehensive study which gives a complete picture of the trends in UK giving. Given the severe recession, the report reveals some relatively positive numbers


October 2009

Stuart Etherington analyses the much talked about Progressive Conservatism Project at Demos, and welcomes the focus on civil society and political reform, but also suggests a new politics for the twenty first century


October 2009

After turning her back on an academic career to set-up Beatbullying, Emma-Jane Cross has not looked back as the charity has prospered. The charity she set-up empowers young people to lead anti-bullying campaigns in their schools and local communities. Andrew Holt met the 2009 Charity Times Charity Principal of the Year


October 2009

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October 2009

David Adams looks at the importance of leadership in the sector, asks whether there is a crisis in this regard, and whether senior management training in the sector is up to scratch, and Dame Mary Marsh offers her ten top tips on leadership


October 2009

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Melanie Wotherspoon looks at the attractions of a fund of funds, Andrew Holt analyses the investment approach and arguments surrounding funds of funds and multi-manager, and James Parker notes the success of leading fund of fund investments


October 2009

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Sophie Trimble introduces the context relevant to charities and their pensions provision. While Helen Yates warns that charities are ill-prepared for new pension legislation due to come into force in 2012. For many, the additional costs will come as a shock




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