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Another referendum bites the dust

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December 7, 2016 at 10:00

CFG’s Celeste Giuffrida, an Italian citizen living in London, reflects on what her countrymen’s vote could mean for the EU and for the charity sector. 

Autumn Statement in Focus: what the announcements mean for charities

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November 23, 2016 at 18:00

This Autumn Statement made very little direct mention of the charity sector, except for the planned changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Schemes. However, there are plenty of measures outlined in the Treasury and Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) reports to unpick and assess what impact they will have on charities.

Autumn Statement In Focus: What is the economic outlook for charities?

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November 23, 2016 at 16:15

    The Economic and Fiscal Outlook has been published by the Office for Budget Responsibility and this gives a picture of the future shape of the economy, this is important for charities, in some ways more important than the spending measures and tax changes announced by the Chancellor.

Live Blog: Autumn Statement 2016

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November 22, 2016 at 13:15

Welcome to CFG’s 2016 Autumn Statement live blog! For those of you that have followed CFG’s Budget and Autumn Statement analysis previously, welcome back. To anybody new to this, welcome. This blog will keep you abreast of the all the developments in the lead up to the Autumn Statement and will provide live updates and early analysis during the Chancellor’s speech which begins at 12.30pm on Wednesday 23rd November.

Fighting Darkness with Light: My speech to the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016

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November 18, 2016 at 11:51

This is a transcript of the speech that Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive of Charity Finance Group, delivered at the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016.

Should trustees worry about fraud?

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November 9, 2016 at 13:07

Trustees Week 7 – 13 November 2016 Many people still think that financial controls and audit activity is all about preventing and detecting fraud – well not quite. It’s actually about complete and accurate data so you can base your decisions on reliable information. Fraud is just one of the reasons why your records may be false. But how should trustees get some assurance about the management of fraud risks to their organisation? An important first step is to talk about fraud. Many shy away from such discussions but in doing so, they stumble at the first hurdle. Boards need […]

Three things for charities to consider in the wake of Trump victory

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November 9, 2016 at 09:26

Despite the confidence of the pollsters, the unimaginable has become reality; Donald J Trump has been elected President of the United States.

Small charities and auto-enrolment: do you have everything in place?

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November 8, 2016 at 16:09

The Pensions Regulator provides CFG monthly auto-enrolment updates. These blogs provide the latest guidance and messages from the regulator adapted by CFG for the charity sector. This month we are looking at: making sure you comply with your duties on time; making sure payroll software is compatible; your duties to temporary staff.

Trustee Week: Working to inspire good leadership

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November 7, 2016 at 15:38

The 7 – 11th November is Trustee Week for the charity sector. The theme of this year’s Trustee Week is stronger charities through good leadership. According to the Charity Commission there are a million trustees in the UK, volunteering their time to help the 162,965 charities to achieve their aims and help their beneficiaries. A trustee board that really leads and inspires can help their charity to achieve so much.

Government must get on with pensions reform

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November 7, 2016 at 09:14

Today the Daily Mail has written a piece on charities defined benefit pension schemes – this has shone a light on the need for government to kick start long awaited pensions reform.