GE 2017: Charities must not be afraid to make a case for themselves

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April 18, 2017 at 16:02

Theresa May has called a General Election for the 8th June. NCVO has some good information for charities that are thinking about campaigning and I am sure that they will be providing more support to charities on how to work within the Lobbying Act. However, with only 51 days from now until the election, charities need to get their act together quickly if we are going to shape the agenda to ensure that we are best able to support our beneficiaries. Here are some thoughts on how we can do this. 1. We must link charities with the biggest challenges […]

Better partnerships needed between finance and fundraising teams

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April 13, 2017 at 14:26

Fundraising isn’t just about fundraisers. It is about the whole organisation. One of the lessons that the sector has had to learn is that good fundraising requires the whole organisation to understand why it is raising funds and how it is going to raise them.

What the EU’s Brexit Strategy means for charities

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March 31, 2017 at 19:59

The European Council has published its ‘draft’ negotiation position for its future relationship with the UK. The BBC has a good article which gives an overview of the document. But what the BBC won’t give you, is what this means for charities. Given the importance of Brexit for the future of the sector, here is a quick breakdown for what charities need to consider.

We must not see a rush to charging charities for regulation – House of Lords report

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March 27, 2017 at 09:00

There has been a lot of coverage in the sector media of the voluminous House of Lords report on the future of the charity sector. It is well worth a read, and has a number of positive recommendations based on proposals put forward by CFG particularly encouraging grant making, encouraging commissioners to fund on the basis of full-cost recovery and recognising the potential of tax reform to support the charity sector. Lords have ‘grave concerns’ about charging for regulation But one of the strongest areas in the report are the ‘grave concerns’ that the Committee expressed about charging charities for […]

Budget Focus: Warning signs for charities in years ahead

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March 8, 2017 at 17:08

It is universally agreed that this has been a very spartan Budget for charities, with good news thin on the ground. My colleague Anjelica Finnegan has been putting together a live blog which goes through the spending announcements bit by bit – as well as expert corporate analysis. A few big measures may impact on the sector (for example, the £2bn cash injection into social care over three years) but overall there was little directly relevant for charities. However, as is frequently the case, it is not the headlines which will really shape the operating environment for charities but the […]

What does Theresa May’s Brexit Speech mean for charities?

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January 17, 2017 at 18:22

Theresa May has made ‘The Big Speech’ on Brexit today – although negotiation is a long process and the government’s position is likely to change and evolve over the next two years. Yet this is an important first step towards what the final deal may look like. But what does it mean for charities? Here is my analysis: Exiting Single Market helps charities on key financial policy issues… ‘Clean’ Brexit (i.e. exiting the Single Market) could impact on the economy and therefore on the conditions that the charity sector has to operate within. This could have damaging consequences for the […]

Five things to look forward to in 2017

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January 9, 2017 at 10:33

It’s January, so it is traditional for people to write articles and blog posts telling you what you have to look forward to in 2017. And CFG is no exception! 2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year, and charities will need to be prepared for a number of issues which could impact on their work. Here are my top five things to discuss internally and potentially at your next board meeting.

Autumn Statement In Focus: What is the economic outlook for charities?

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November 23, 2016 at 16:15

    The Economic and Fiscal Outlook has been published by the Office for Budget Responsibility and this gives a picture of the future shape of the economy, this is important for charities, in some ways more important than the spending measures and tax changes announced by the Chancellor.

Three things for charities to consider in the wake of Trump victory

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November 9, 2016 at 09:26

Despite the confidence of the pollsters, the unimaginable has become reality; Donald J Trump has been elected President of the United States.

Charging charities for regulation isn’t inevitable but it is risky and inefficient

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November 4, 2016 at 08:44

  The hookey-cokey of the Charity Commission consultation on charging charities for regulation continued on Wednesday, with the Chair of the Charity Commission once again saying that he viewed charging for charity regulation as ‘inevitable’.