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Banking and Payment Systems: Invisible Enables for Charities

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November 24, 2015 at 14:35

Charity Finance Group has launched a sector-wide consultation on banking and payment systems. But why are we doing this and how can you help?


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November 23, 2015 at 17:06

On Wednesday the Chancellor, George Osborne, will deliver his joint 5 year Spending Review and Autumn Statement in what is being referred to as, Super Wednesday, here at CFG. The announcements, far from being ‘super’, are set to spell out continued difficult times ahead for the charity sector.

Cuts to BLF could have big financial consequences for charity sector

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November 23, 2015 at 15:55

You’ve probably read or seen the alarming reports over the weekend that the government may change the distribution of National Lottery Funds to divert money away from charities to the arts and sport in order to compensate for government cuts in funding.

Just one thing, Sir John…

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November 18, 2015 at 15:32

Last week I was delighted to attend NCVO’s Annual Hinton Lecture which saw an excellent speech from former Prime Minister, Sir John Major. Sir John touched on a number of subjects, far too many to consider in one blog post, and you can read the speech here or listen to it here. However one thing that struck me was Sir John’s answer in the Q&A after the speech around the need for investment in preventative services but that the public sector could not be expected to provide this in the coming years.

Could your charity host a Charity Accounting and Financial Management MSc student?

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November 13, 2015 at 16:43

Charities are needed to host students doing a Cass MSc course. It not only helps the students to gain insights into charity operations, but has plenty of benefits for charities, too.

Does the charity sector have a problem with women?

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November 9, 2015 at 16:37

Last week there was some good news for women looking for high-powered careers in the city, as it looks like all-male FTSE 100 boards have been confined to the dustbins of history, where they belong. Whilst we should take a moment to recognise this positive step in the right direction, there is not the time for complacency.

Stress-testing your charity – a guide for trustees

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November 4, 2015 at 15:03

It’s Trustees Week this week, and with that in mind, we have a guest blog from Kate Sayer, partner at Sayer Vincent. Kate outlines tips for trustees to properly understand the charity they’re working with, and whether or not it can withstand a ‘stress test’.

What do we want to see in the spending review?

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October 29, 2015 at 12:25

The hotly (or anxiously) anticipated spending review is now less than a month away. CFG have been working with other voluntary sector leaders to develop a menu of policy proposals that we believe will enable charities adapt to the volatile funding environment, improve their effectiveness and lay the groundwork for future growth. 

New Gift Aid Declaration: What do you need to know?

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October 22, 2015 at 16:03

HMRC has today published a new Gift Aid Declaration which all charities that claim Gift Aid will need to be using by the 6th April 2016. So what do you need to know and, more importantly, what do you need to do?

What are the qualities of an inspiring finance leader?

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October 13, 2015 at 15:24

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Sayer Vincent Financial Leadership awards. The sector has had a rough ride in the media recently, so it was a great opportunity to step back and recognise some of the excellent work being done, and to consider how strong financial leadership can help to reclaim the ground the sector has lost. You’ll be hearing more from us in the coming months about this!