Help! My collection bucket has become a victim of fraud

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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.

Beware of snake oil pensions saleman.

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October 20, 2017 at 17:43

Beware of scammers dipping into your pension says David Davidson of Spence and Partners’. Know what to look out for and remember, if it seems too good to be true it probably is.

Reflections on how an organisation can implement new ways of thinking to combat fraud.

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October 20, 2017 at 17:30

Throughout 2015 we were bombarded with messages in the media, at finance conferences and seminars and from our peers, that all organisations are losing millions of pounds annually to fraud. We were led to believe that an organisation of our size could be losing up to £3.4 million per annum. We did treat this statistic with some caution – our expenditure model is probably different to many other organisations in the sector. Nonetheless we needed to take this seriously: this is a potential loss of Amnesty International’s donor funds that should be being spent on delivery of core human rights […]

Time to review your risks? An update from the experts…

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October 3, 2017 at 11:31

Ahead of their sessions at CFG’s Risk & Sustainability Conference 2017, sector experts Kate Sayer and Rosie Chapman look at risks and reserves, how they are managed and what you need to start thinking about in terms of the Charity Governance Code.

General Election 2017

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May 8, 2017 at 10:06

In the run up to the General Election on 8 June this blog post will provide you with all the resources and analysis CFG produces. We urge you to use them to inform politicians and their parties of the transformative role charities can play and what they as political actors can do to ensure charities achieve their full potential.

A step closer to reforming Section 75

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April 28, 2017 at 17:13

If your charity is part of a non-associated multi-employer pension scheme you will be pleased – and relieved – to know that there has been some progress in reforming Section 75 employer debt. You may remember that the DWP published its consultation on S75 back in Spring 2015. After 2 years and continuous pressure from CFG, our members and corporate partners, the government has responded and the DWP managed to push out its response ahead of the election. This blog post takes you through the proposals, what issues may need to be addressed and how you can feed into the consultation.

Navigating the Charity Pensions Maze

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March 23, 2017 at 10:53

Charity Finance Group has launched the 2017 edition of Navigating the Charity Pensions Maze. This is the definitive guide on pensions for charities. We know that charities want to get their pension provision right – not just to do right by their employees, but to also ensure that they are not putting the organisation’s reputation at risk. Anecdotally I have heard from pension providers and The Pensions Regulator, that charities are particularly concerned about getting their pensions provision right. But, as we all know, the charity sector is facing some significant challenges when it comes to pensions.

Becoming an apprenticeship training provider

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March 20, 2017 at 13:16

Charities with a pay bill of over £3 million will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy from April this year. From the following month, they will be able to draw down their levy to cover the costs for training and assessing their apprentices. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has now published the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) which lists all the business, public sector employers and charities that you can use to deliver training and assessment from May 2017. In this blog post I will give a basic overview of the process that charities will need to undergo […]

Live Blog: Spring Budget 2017

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March 7, 2017 at 12:13

Welcome to Charity Finance Group’s Spring Budget Live Blog. Here the CFG policy team will keep you abreast of the all the developments in the lead up to the Budget and will provide live updates and early analysis during the Chancellor’s speech which begins at 12.30pm on Wednesday 8 March.