What happened to the red tape cull?

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September 5, 2014 at 09:43

Caron Bradshaw Once upon a time, an energetic new government was elected. It proclaimed a new age of a smaller state and a bigger society. A world in which civil action would be released from burden, and stupid, unnecessary measures wielded by over-zealous bureaucrats would be a thing of the past. We waited to see what this brave new world would look like, and whether the rhetoric would be matched with action. Certainly, in the early days, things had a real flavour of change. Do you remember the raft of conversations, debates, inquiries and consultations that focused on cutting red […]

Trustees’ Week- find out how you can get involved

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August 27, 2014 at 17:17

With the launch of #onemilliontrustees video competition; Trustees’ Week 2014 (taking place on 10-16 November), is firmly on our radar.   What is Trustees’ Week?   Now in its fifth year, Trustees’ Week is a nationwide campaign organised by the Charity Commission and partner organisations, to celebrate all the wonderful things that trustees do for charities. TW 2014 is to be officially launched at the NCVO Trustee Conference on 10 November.   The theme for this year’s campaign is based around ‘development’ and ‘governance’, close to CFG’s heart. Development is about how taking on a trusteeship can play an essential […]

Inspiring financial leadership

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August 7, 2014 at 16:38

By Mike Saxton – Head of Finance Africa Governance Initiative When people in our organisations think about the finance team, inspiring and leadership aren’t necessarily the first words that come to mind. However, I think the FD role specifically, and other financial management roles too, can and should offer our organisations inspiring leadership.   I recently completed a course run by CFG by this name, and it was really valuable. The course itself covers areas such as strategy, change management, coaching and perhaps most interestingly innovation.   My ACA qualification (a number of years ago now) gave me solid technical financial expertise. […]

Tackling the looming pensions crisis

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August 6, 2014 at 15:25

Charity Commission Chair William Shawcross recently said that the “deadliest threat” to the sector comes from Islamic extremism. I, however, disagree. I would suggest that the biggest threat the sector faces comes from pensions. Without being too hysterical, there is a pensions crisis looming in the sector. But I am not actually talking about the very real funding and compliance problems each individual charity can face. I’m referring to the public’s reaction to charities having to use charitable funds to deal with these problems. It is therefore essential that as a sector we understand the full extent of the challenges […]

CFG is changing its objects to broaden its reach

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July 8, 2014 at 14:21

Back in May I mentioned in a previous post that CFG was in the process of amending our memorandum and articles of association and changing our objects in order to ensure that we are fit for the future and able to adapt to a changing environment. I am now going to tell you all about the changes we are proposing. I can quickly skate over the memorandum and articles of association. Changes there are to tidy the administrative bits of what we do and to tighten up some language to reflect how we operate. Nothing earth shattering but a good […]

CFG Policy Highlights 2013

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December 23, 2013 at 12:27

As 2013 comes to an end, we wanted to take this opportunity provide you with you a brief summary of some of our activity and a sneak preview into what lies ahead for 2014. Take a look to remind yourself of the role we have played in shaping and responding to changes in: The economy; tax; pensions; SORP; investment and social investment; scrutiny of the Charity Commission; impact; small charities; and much more; all in representation of the sectors’ finance professionals. Our members and corporate subscribers support has been invaluable this year and we look forward to working closely with […]

Management Accounts: Parkinson’s Point of Vanishing Interest

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April 19, 2013 at 12:20

Although written over half a century ago, C. Northcote Parkinson’s humorous observations in Parkinson’s Law * are as relevant now as when they were first published. Here we learn such things as the Science of Committology and the fact that the most important deciding factor in how the voting at a meeting will go is not the eloquence of the arguments, but the seating plan. However, it is the chapter on High Finance, where we are first introduced to the Law of Triviality (the time spent on any item of the agenda will be inversely proportional to the sum involved) […]

CFG’s IT Conference 2013

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April 4, 2013 at 11:25

CFG’s IT Conference 2013 was held at Inmarsat in Old Street on 21st March. Topics covered included: The Cloud, Outsourcing, Cyber-risk, CRM initiatives and Working Remotely. 139 delegates networked with exhibitors on 15 stands including Eduserv and ThankQ. Professor Nigel Shadbolt, from the University of Southampton, gave the Opening Plenary on the challenges of Open Data – the publication of information that organisations, governments and charities hold. When we interviewed him he explained that the importance of publishing it in a way that has three fundamental features: “it is on the web; it is available to re-use for anybody with […]