August 22/08/2010

Combining finance with a genuinely environmental project is still not as common as we might hope

One of the charities we have been pleased to support this year is the Batsiranai project in Zimbabwe. Amanda Root provides the background.

Our advisers name the best and the worst of the ethical and environmental funds for this year, and some of the key trends.

Shopping around for the best Cash ISA rate? For a basic rate taxpayer, a Cash ISA of £5,100 earning 2% would save only £20.40 in tax.

In the words of a frequently quoted commercial by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for their on-line services, “tax need not be taxing”. It would all be rather less taxing if the rules remained the same for any length of time.

The recent ACEVO charity conference in London, entitled "Leading your charity through a time of change", was fortunate to hear from two individuals in particular who are each likely to have a major impact on the sector - the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP (Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General) and Dame Suzi Leather (Chair of the Charity Commission). What they had to say proved to be thought provoking...

Alternative assets are certainly increasingly coming onto the radar of charity investors, but should they be included in portfolios and if so, what's the ideal allocation.....?

After the great success of the collaboration between William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan which was HMS Pinafore, Richard D''Oyly Carte formed the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company which today is know as the D'Oyly Carte Opera Trust Limited

Spam, spam and more spam

December 24/12/2009

No, not a summary of my intended Christmas lunch menu, but a commentary on the evils of internet 'spammers' and the problems they have recently created for us!