Compassion in World Farming: Oracle NetSuite implementation

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January 12, 2018 at 14:30

Compassion in World Farming underwent a rapid implementation of a system called NetSuite with the help of a grant from NetSuite.org, a foundation who donate $70 million of software to non-profits and social enterprises. Nick Dugdale discusses how they made the case for the change and made sure it aligned with their strategy and wider charitable objectives.

How can charity investors perform better in a volatile market?

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January 9, 2018 at 17:29

Ahead of his session at our Investment Conference 2018, James Money-Kyrle looks at navigating the road in a volatile market.

Charities and longevity – Hope for the best, plan for the worst

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December 13, 2017 at 10:33

Like CFG, we have been supporting not-for-profit organisations for many years and we were proud to sponsor their Annual Dinner. As CFG celebrated 30 years of supporting charities this year, we asked dinner guests to share their advice to charities for surviving 30 years in the sector.

Using social investment to become financially sustainable

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December 1, 2017 at 15:10

Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness’ Director of Social Finance and Social, Mark Salway, discusses Social Investment as a way forward to create a sustainable future for charities.

Sarah Atkinson – Have your say on the annual return for charities

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November 14, 2017 at 09:30

Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission explains why all charities should take part in their consultation on the Annual Return. 

De-risking innovation to build a sustainable future

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October 12, 2017 at 15:00

In a traditionally risk-averse sector, we can adopt agile working practices and a portfolio approach to innovation to mitigate against perceived failure. But the biggest risk is allowing too much caution to be the enemy of long-term sustainability and progress, argues Thea Dexter from Good Lab.

Do I need a fraud response plan?

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September 25, 2017 at 09:57

Although many organisations seek to mitigate the risks of environmental or man-made crises by developing a disaster recovery plan, very few apply the same rationale to the risks associated with fraud.

Responsible Record Keeping: what do voluntary organisations need to know?

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January 31, 2017 at 13:22

In this guest blog, Dr Charlotte Clements, Research Assistant on the British Academy project ‘Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare’, writes about the need for charities to have good archives and record management and how our new project can support you. 

Should trustees worry about fraud?

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November 9, 2016 at 13:07

Trustees Week 7 – 13 November 2016 Many people still think that financial controls and audit activity is all about preventing and detecting fraud – well not quite. It’s actually about complete and accurate data so you can base your decisions on reliable information. Fraud is just one of the reasons why your records may be false. But how should trustees get some assurance about the management of fraud risks to their organisation? An important first step is to talk about fraud. Many shy away from such discussions but in doing so, they stumble at the first hurdle. Boards need […]

Audits, thresholds and transparency

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January 30, 2015 at 11:34

Last week, the Cabinet Office consultation on the future of the audit threshold for charities concluded. Charity Finance Group, in partnership with NCVO, responded to the consultation on behalf of members. Audits are an important part of the regulatory landscape for charities, and the government has proposed lifting the threshold for which charities have to have their accounts audited from £500,000 to £1m. We have supported this move, in line with responses from members to a previous consultation which proposed lifting the audit threshold. For many small and medium sized charities, audit costs can be significant and may not be […]