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 […]

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.

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.

The wash-up from Investment Conference 2017

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December 7, 2017 at 11:40

In January, CFG held its Investment Conference 2017. Instead of a ‘conference’ style format, delegates were seated at round tables hosted by CFG’s corporate partners. The aim of this new approach is to generate lively discussions around three topical issues and to give delegates and hosts the chance to meet more people.

Live Blog: Autumn Budget 2017

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November 22, 2017 at 09:37

On Wednesday 22nd November at 12:30pm the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, will deliver the first Budget since the General Election in June. If you can’t tune into the Chancellor’s speech, then do follow this blog for key announcements and early analysis of how they will impact on the charity sector. 

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.