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Spring Statement 2018: What should charities be looking out for?

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March 13, 2018 at 11:47

Today the Chancellor stands up to deliver his Spring Statement. Didn’t this use to be Budget Day I hear you ask? Yes, it did. But now we have one fiscal event a year, in the Autumn (well November/December time) where major tax decisions are made. This Spring Statement will be more focused on the economy and the overall performance of the UK. It might also include the announcement of some consultations in the run up to the Autumn Budget.

Concerned about new charity staff disqualification rules? Help is at hand!

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March 8, 2018 at 10:15

This is a guest blog from Christopher Stacey, co-director of Unlock, an independent charity which provides a voice and support for people with convictions who are facing stigma and obstacles because of their criminal record, often long after they have served their sentence.

Review: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing Report – Extremism in Charities

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March 1, 2018 at 11:33

Yesterday the Henry Jackson Society through its Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism released a report on “How Islamist Extremists exploit the UK Charitable Sector.” The report received coverage in The Times, The Sun and our own sector media. It is important to state at the outset that we should all oppose terrorists and extremists that try to abuse charities to achieve their goals. However, this report makes some sweeping generalisations and allegations that tarnish the whole sector and it is important to consider these.

How Street League created an award-winning Annual Report

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February 20, 2018 at 12:20

Prior to winning the prestigious Third Sector Award 2017 for the best charity Annual Report, Street League wrote about how they managed the process, addressing the rough with the smooth – creating there golden rules for impact measurement, and how they created a social media buzz to achieve cut through. This article originally appeared in Finance Focus, CFG’s monthly magazine for members. It is vital that organisations are more open about their true impact, including what they don’t get right so that supporters get a more balanced view of how they are performing and how effective they are. We set out last […]

Digital transformation – so what’s this got to do with Finance?

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February 15, 2018 at 10:15

Simon Hopkins, Chief Executive of Turn2Us and Trustee of Charity Finance Group explains why digital should be at the centre of thinking for finance professionals.  Digital is everywhere. I’m writing this blog on a mobile digital device rather than on a piece of paper. Last week I filled in my tax return online. It’s almost impossible to think of a time when we didn’t live our lives online or through digital tech. And the voluntary sector is evolving its use of digital as well. Everything from ‘donate here’ buttons on a website through to emerging use of artificial intelligence is […]

If you can make IT here!

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February 14, 2018 at 13:24

In CFG’s most recent Member Survey, almost 50% of respondents said they had responsibility for Information Technology (IT) as a part of their management remit.  In advance of our IT Conference in March, our Director of Customer and Business Support, Martin Hubbard, discusses key issues for finance professionals when taking on this responsibility for the first time.

Eduserv and CFG launch joint digital project

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February 13, 2018 at 13:12

CFG and Eduserv have joined forces on a research and engagement project to investigate the role of finance in digital change in the charity sector.  The aim of the programme is to facilitate peer learning, helping charities to adapt to and get the most from the changing digital landscape.

Does your charity follow serious incident reporting guidelines?

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February 12, 2018 at 11:02

Recent coverage about the activities of charities in terms of safeguarding and misspending of funds have brought into focus the regime for charities to report serious incidents to the Charity Commission. The guidance was updated only last year, so you might not have had a chance to read it – given recent scrutiny, now is a good time to get on top of the serious incident reporting regime.

Charity finance professionals need to be aware of new automatic disqualification rules

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February 2, 2018 at 13:54

From 1st August 2018, chief finance officers, finance directors, finance managers and other similar roles in charities may face automatic disqualification from serving in these positions if they have committed certain criminal offences.

Shirley Scott

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January 29, 2018 at 15:13

CFG’s first Chief Executive, Shirley Scott, sadly passed away in December 2017. We are honoured to share the kind words of her family, remembering Shirley.