December 07

A selection of articles from the issue are featured below.

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In the modern, ‘what’s in it for me?’ culture, are tangible incentives the most viable means to encourage volunteering? Peter Davy asks the sector, and also finds a generally negative consensus on new government plans for mandatory voluntary service

While investment benchmarking is commonplace, fundraising benchmarks are not so readily used, nor are they as easy to calculate. David Adams investigates if there is potential, though, for comprehensive comparison of the fundraising function

While effective PR is all about establishing human relationships, many organisations are using IT to allow them to do this more efficiently. Duncan Jefferies examines some of the systems available, and asks how they are helping charities to best get their message across


One might think that the global credit crunch and general economic slowdown would make lenders hesitant to continue providing loans to charities. This probably isn’t the case however, finds David Adams, and loan finance should remain a viable option



The relationship between public bodies and the third sector is not always roses, as the case with the LSC and Kids in Communication effectively demonstrated. Peter Davy asks if the LSC’s efforts now to improve that relationship are working, and if there are lessons to be learned for other organisations


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Fourth quarter

The US sub-prime mortgage debacle dominated the third quarter of 2007 and the resulting volatility is likely to be with us for some time. As such, says Heather Lamont, it is especially important to concentrate on the longer-term

While shared investment vehicles focusing on Africa are few and far between, Sandra Haurant finds that there are collective opportunities for charities to make modest investment returns, while supporting the continent in a meaningful way

It’s becoming easier for charities to follow an ethical line in their investing while also producing decent returns, reports Graham Buck. But are they doing enough to ensure that fund managers recognise and act on their wishes?

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