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?

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 […]

Serious but still lacking substance – Labour Party Conference 2017

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September 29, 2017 at 11:57

Labour Party Conference 2017 has ended and Jeremy Corbyn’s speech has laid out his belief that the party should now be seen as a government in waiting. The mood in the conference was flat at times, at least for those without passes in the conference hall, but unlike previous conferences there is a sense of seriousness and a sombre realisation that the party could be in government very shortly.

Where are the ‘automatic stabilisers’ for charities income?

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September 26, 2017 at 17:07

This blog post is prompted by the Association of Charitable Foundation’s (ACF) latest Giving Trends research, which is a must-read for everyone in the charity sector.

Government no longer has the luxury of ignoring charities

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September 25, 2017 at 15:01

Charity Finance Group has made two submissions to the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget. One alongside a coalition of other representative bodies. The other, on our own, regarding charity tax reform.

Could political instability create financial instability for charities?

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August 23, 2017 at 10:59

Charities have operated for some time in the midst of economic instability. This has become the bread and butter for most organisations – the recession, cuts in government spending or fundraising regulation changes. However over the past two years, we have also seen increasing political instability (the snap election and Brexit just a couple of obvious examples) has certainly created policy uncertainty for charities. But could political instability also have a financial repercussion for charities? Earlier this week, I attended a seminar led by David Hart of Northumbria University on a new report Charity Begins at Home which has tried […]

Why has CFG written a report on potential Brexit deals?

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August 1, 2017 at 10:35

 As you may have read in the newspapers, Charity Finance Group has drafted a report on the potential opportunities and risks facing the charity sector on Brexit. We have considered the two main scenarios being considered at the moment, a Brexit deal which means that we remain in the Single Market and the customs union and a scenario where we leave the Single Market and customs union. Our analysis indicates that there are significant risks to UK charities staying in the Single Market and customs union if this leads to the continuation of EU rules on tax, public service regulations […]

Probate fees for charities accessing legacies doesn’t make sense

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July 12, 2017 at 15:59

CFG has signed a letter to the Times with other charities about the proposals for probate fees to access estates, which could cost charities £18m a year according to the Institute of Legacy Management. We also wrote to the new Minister for Courts on their appointment about this issue. We thought that they were dead, but it looks like we may have only got a temporary reprieve.

The government is in danger of ignoring social issues in Brexit talks

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July 5, 2017 at 09:30

It’s only been a year and it is clear that the public are starting to get Brexit fatigue. The most recent General Election was dubbed the ‘Brexit election’ but yet there was surprisingly little debate about Brexit, with issues funding public services and terrorism policy dominating the debate. Yet we still have two years before a deal is likely to be agreed and the government is already talking with the EU about our future relationship. So however heavy our eyelids might get, it is important that charities stay awake to Brexit and the consequences of the negotiation.