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Investing in financial governance is one of the most cost effective ways to help your charity

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November 17, 2017 at 10:15

As we come to the end of Trustees Week 2017, Charity Finance Group has had a busy week. Yesterday, one of our Member Meetings was focused on how to improve governance and explaining the new Charity Governance Code. At the start of the week we launched the findings of a survey that we carried out with MHA MacIntyre Hudson into financial governance. Today, we launch a new free guide for trustees of charities on finance issues, sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson, alongside a glossary of key charity finance terms.

What should charities expect from the Autumn Budget 2017?

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November 17, 2017 at 09:43

It’s that time of the year again when the newspapers are full of gossip about potential giveaways or shocking tax changes which are going to cost eye-watering sums of money. Over recent years, charities have got used to Budgets being “missed opportunities” and passing by without much of an impact. But we cannot be complacent as charities. Tax reliefs for charities are worth billions every year and over 1/3 of our income comes from government. Simply put, what the Chancellor says matters. So what we can expect from the Autumn Budget?

Sarah Atkinson – Have your say on the annual return for charities

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November 14, 2017 at 09:30

Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission explains why all charities should take part in their consultation on the Annual Return. 

Caron Bradshaw – Charity Finance Group Annual Fundraising Dinner Speech 2017

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November 10, 2017 at 09:30

My Lords, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our annual fundraising dinner. This continues to be a very important date in our diary, contributing significant sums to support our work with individuals, organisations and the wider social change sector. We thank each and every one of you for continuing to make this event successful and hope you will dig deep for our raffle. Which, as a quick reminder, is an American style raffle; with some great donated prizes. Please remember when you buy your tickets to retain one half – if you put both parts […]

Finance Count 2017/18: Devon Air Ambulance

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October 27, 2017 at 14:49

Devon Air Ambulance participated in the last round of Finance Count and have registered again for this year’s report. Here, they tell us why, and how it’s helped them improve.

What makes your charity attractive to fraudsters?

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October 27, 2017 at 14:48

 Paul Ridout of IBB Solicitors looks at what makes charities a target for fraudsters. The charity and general press continue to carry stories of good causes being undermined by dishonest employees, volunteers and outsiders, and the estimates of the amount of money lost by the sector remain eye-wateringly high.

‘Collecting bucket’ fraud becomes more sophisticated

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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 organisations can implement new ways of thinking to combat fraud

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October 20, 2017 at 17:30

Following the development of new mitigation framework, Amnesty International’s Pascale Nicholls, reflects on how the organisation implemented new ways of thinking and working in relation to bribery, corruption and fraud.