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Could political instability create financial instability for charities?

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August 23, 2017 at 10:59

Charities have operated for some time in the midst of economic instability. This has become the bread and butter for most organisations – the recession, cuts in government spending or fundraising regulation changes. However over the past two years, we have also seen increasing political instability (the snap election and Brexit just a couple of obvious examples) has certainly created policy uncertainty for charities. But could political instability also have a financial repercussion for charities? Earlier this week, I attended a seminar led by David Hart of Northumbria University on a new report Charity Begins at Home which has tried […]

How can charities ensure they work towards gender equality in their organisation?

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August 3, 2017 at 15:12

   CFG has previously reported on the introduction of gender pay regulations for organisations that have at least 250 employees as of the 5th April 2017. Charities that fall into  this category have to perform a series of 6 calculations to find out your gender pay gap. These calculations must be made public on your charities website and the  government’s website.

Why has CFG written a report on potential Brexit deals?

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August 1, 2017 at 10:35

 As you may have read in the newspapers, Charity Finance Group has drafted a report on the potential opportunities and risks facing the charity sector on Brexit. We have considered the two main scenarios being considered at the moment, a Brexit deal which means that we remain in the Single Market and the customs union and a scenario where we leave the Single Market and customs union. Our analysis indicates that there are significant risks to UK charities staying in the Single Market and customs union if this leads to the continuation of EU rules on tax, public service regulations […]

What can charities learn from the recent fraud cases?

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July 27, 2017 at 13:06

Unfortunately this week there have been two high profile cases of fraud being committed within a charity. This blog will provide an overview of each case, tell you about how CFG can help you to prevent fraud, and how you can join us in tackling fraud by signing up to our counter fraud pledge.

Probate fees for charities accessing legacies doesn’t make sense

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July 12, 2017 at 15:59

CFG has signed a letter to the Times with other charities about the proposals for probate fees to access estates, which could cost charities £18m a year according to the Institute of Legacy Management. We also wrote to the new Minister for Courts on their appointment about this issue. We thought that they were dead, but it looks like we may have only got a temporary reprieve.

CFG launches Counter Fraud Campaign

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July 12, 2017 at 08:30

Tackling Fraud Together Just in case you are unaware, CFG is celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. While most anniversaries are a time to reflect and look back on what change has occurred, CFG has decided to use this opportunity as a way to look forward. While it is important to remember and reflex, looking at how the charity sector has changed to adapt to challenges and what challenges could be ahead is more important than when CFG started in 1987.

The government is in danger of ignoring social issues in Brexit talks

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July 5, 2017 at 09:30

It’s only been a year and it is clear that the public are starting to get Brexit fatigue. The most recent General Election was dubbed the ‘Brexit election’ but yet there was surprisingly little debate about Brexit, with issues funding public services and terrorism policy dominating the debate. Yet we still have two years before a deal is likely to be agreed and the government is already talking with the EU about our future relationship. So however heavy our eyelids might get, it is important that charities stay awake to Brexit and the consequences of the negotiation.

Celebrating small charities

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June 21, 2017 at 17:20

Small charities play a crucial role in both the charity sector and the wider public. With 97% of the sector made up of charities with an annual income of less than £1m, small charities deserve to be celebrated.

Record Management Toolkit Launch Roundup

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June 20, 2017 at 17:07

Last Thursday, CFG in partnership with  the British Academy Research Project ‘Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain’ based at UCL Institute of Education, launched the free Records Management in Charities: A Toolkit for Improvement.

Charities must not let Brexit negotiations get away from them

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June 19, 2017 at 15:01

The government has formally begun its Brexit negotiations with the EU – so expect lots of awkward looking photographs of UK and European politicians sitting across from each other. It’s very early on, and already the government’s position is starting to adapt due to the election result, but the early moves in the negotiation could have big long term consequences both for the UK and for the charity sector.