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Help! My collection bucket has become a victim of fraud

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October 20, 2017 at 17:43

 John Tranter, a CFG trustee explores how charities can communicate with their donors to help them avoid falling victim to these scams, and shares a case of how easily it can   happen.

How safe is your charity from cybercrime?

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October 20, 2017 at 17:43

John Baker of Moore Stephens looks at what charities need to do to reduce their risks of becoming a victim of fraud. Cybercrime, including deviant phishing scams, ransomware, and mandate fraud are becoming more prevalent as charities are receiving more donations online than ever.

Beware of snake oil pensions salesman

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October 20, 2017 at 17:43

Beware of scammers dipping into your pension says David Davidson of Spence and Partners’. Know what to look out for and remember, if it seems too good to be true it probably is.

Reflections on how an organisation can implement new ways of thinking to combat fraud.

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October 20, 2017 at 17:30

Throughout 2015 we were bombarded with messages in the media, at finance conferences and seminars and from our peers, that all organisations are losing millions of pounds annually to fraud. We were led to believe that an organisation of our size could be losing up to £3.4 million per annum. We did treat this statistic with some caution – our expenditure model is probably different to many other organisations in the sector. Nonetheless we needed to take this seriously: this is a potential loss of Amnesty International’s donor funds that should be being spent on delivery of core human rights […]

De-risking innovation to build a sustainable future

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October 12, 2017 at 15:00

In a traditionally risk-averse sector, we can adopt agile working practices and a portfolio approach to innovation to mitigate against perceived failure. But the biggest risk is allowing too much caution to be the enemy of long-term sustainability and progress, argues Thea Dexter from Good Lab.

Time to review your risks? An update from the experts…

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October 3, 2017 at 11:31

Ahead of their sessions at CFG’s Risk & Sustainability Conference 2017, sector experts Kate Sayer and Rosie Chapman look at risks and reserves, how they are managed and what you need to start thinking about in terms of the Charity Governance Code.

Serious but still lacking substance – Labour Party Conference 2017

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September 29, 2017 at 11:57

Labour Party Conference 2017 has ended and Jeremy Corbyn’s speech has laid out his belief that the party should now be seen as a government in waiting. The mood in the conference was flat at times, at least for those without passes in the conference hall, but unlike previous conferences there is a sense of seriousness and a sombre realisation that the party could be in government very shortly.

Where are the ‘automatic stabilisers’ for charities income?

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September 26, 2017 at 17:07

This blog post is prompted by the Association of Charitable Foundation’s (ACF) latest Giving Trends research, which is a must-read for everyone in the charity sector.

Government no longer has the luxury of ignoring charities

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September 25, 2017 at 15:01

Charity Finance Group has made two submissions to the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget. One alongside a coalition of other representative bodies. The other, on our own, regarding charity tax reform.

6 simple steps your charity can take to help protect themselves from fundraising fraud

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September 25, 2017 at 09:58

Fundraising fraud is where a fraudster (who might be known) collects money on behalf of the charity but keeps some or all of the money and can be difficult for a charity to track.