CFG members should feel free to campaign in General Election 2017

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June 2, 2017 at 10:41

A message from Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group: Dear CFG members, As you will be aware there has been significant media coverage in recent days about the impact of the Lobbying Act on charity campaigning. As members of NCVO and as a membership body ourselves, CFG supports the call from Sir Stuart Etherington for charities to continue to be confident on campaigning and to not self-censor. We know that the Lobbying Act has increased the burden of reporting requirements on charities when it comes to campaigning. This is a burden we would like to see significantly reduced or […]

Fighting Darkness with Light: My speech to the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016

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November 18, 2016 at 11:51

This is a transcript of the speech that Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive of Charity Finance Group, delivered at the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016.

Fighting Darkness with Light: My speech at CFG’s Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016

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October 18, 2016 at 09:30

This is a transcript of the speech Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive of Charity Finance Group, gave at the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner on the 17th November 2016. 

Charities need to do the walk, not just the talk and invest in financial leadership

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February 22, 2016 at 12:11

Last week, ACCA and Responsible Finance, launched an insightful report into the finance function within non-for-profit organisations. The report isn’t too long, and I’d encourage every finance professional in the sector to read it and share it with colleagues. Although many of the points made aren’t new, we need to keep repeating them at all levels if we are going to see change.

…And the winner is

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December 16, 2015 at 14:59

CFG were recently accepting nominations for the £5000 Adrian Randall Challenge Prize, calling for entries that exemplified good practice in charity finance. We were delighted to announce the winner at our Annual Fundraising Dinner in mid-November: Nick Dugdale from Compassion in World Farming.

Social investment: Government’s Windex for civil society

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December 7, 2015 at 16:19

Those who know me know that I like a good laugh.  So it’s no surprise that I love the 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  For those of you who missed the fabulous romantic comedy (a surprise box office hit), it’s well worth watching! In it, the main character, Toula, is a 30 year old Greek ‘spinster’ who is coming under increasing pressure to marry a ‘good Greek boy’. There’s a running gag that her father, Gus, is convinced the answer to every problem is Windex (a cleaning product).

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.

Transparency: Finding the right balance

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June 6, 2014 at 16:31

I am currently enjoying the warm glow of the success of our Annual Conference. The CFG team pulled off an absolute blinder in my view. Not only did we have the largest number of bookings to date (over 700), but also the quality of the speakers, the delivery of the day and atmosphere were just superb! In particular, it is worth mentioning the closing plenary. There’s no doubt it could have gone on longer, but to have the Minister (Nick Hurd) and Shadow Minister (Lisa Nandy) for Civil Society, a key Lib Dem peer (Baroness Barker), the Chair of the […]

Making CFG fit for the future

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May 9, 2014 at 11:47

As we approach this year’s Annual Conference, I thought I would use my introduction to talk about what CFG has done to be “fit for the future”, and to give you a heads up on the changes we plan to make to continue this exciting journey. CFG is now in its 27th year. Over the years we have grown and developed, and the skills we need from staff and the board have changed and evolved. Each of the chief executives and (particularly before we had a significant staff capacity) trustees have brought their own thoughts and contributions to the support […]

The Commission: A damsel in distress?

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March 12, 2014 at 17:04

We’re not long into the new year, but already it is looking as though the increased (and sometimes hostile) scrutiny being applied to the charity sector is set to continue. This time, it’s the Charity Commission that is back in the spotlight, with the Public Accounts Committee giving a damning indictment of its performance. Last month I urged us to come together as a sector in order to respond to new pressures and change the narrative around charities. In light of these latest developments, and at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, I’ll say it again. In recent […]