What can charities learn from the international cyber attack?

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May 16, 2017 at 17:49

Following the widely reported cyber-attack over the weekend on the NHS, and over 300,000 computers in 150 countries, it is important to look at what charities can learn from this attack.

Trustee Week: Working to inspire good leadership

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November 7, 2016 at 15:38

The 7 – 11th November is Trustee Week for the charity sector. The theme of this year’s Trustee Week is stronger charities through good leadership. According to the Charity Commission there are a million trustees in the UK, volunteering their time to help the 162,965 charities to achieve their aims and help their beneficiaries. A trustee board that really leads and inspires can help their charity to achieve so much.

Another day, another opportunity for charities to engage in a consultation

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May 24, 2016 at 10:32

Just like buses, you wait around for one consultation from the Charity Commission and then you’re surprised by two turning up together. On the 19th May the Charity Commission (in partnership with the OSCR and CCNI) has announced an invitation to comment on the way charities report matters of material significance to a UK charity regulator.

Charities need to do the walk, not just the talk and invest in financial leadership

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February 22, 2016 at 12:11

Last week, ACCA and Responsible Finance, launched an insightful report into the finance function within non-for-profit organisations. The report isn’t too long, and I’d encourage every finance professional in the sector to read it and share it with colleagues. Although many of the points made aren’t new, we need to keep repeating them at all levels if we are going to see change.

Are you inspired to become a trustee?

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November 14, 2014 at 15:33

It has been another busy Trustees’ Week and we’ve been joining in the celebrations of the great work that trustees do and encouraging others to get involved and make a difference. Being a trustee can be a rewarding experience, both for the individual and for the charity they are supporting. Charities benefit from the knowledge, skills and experience of their trustees, while trustees can develop new skills, meet new people, and get involved in a cause that matters to them. Our Services and Enterprise Director, Tania Cohen, tells us about her experience as a trustee of Womankind Worldwide. “Womankind Worldwide […]

The secret of trusteeship – aim high!

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November 6, 2014 at 12:26

I seem to have always been a trustee in some form or another for the majority of my adult life. I have learnt that being a great trustee requires almost a superhuman ability to tackle challenges head on, irrespective of personal interests, in order to do what is in the best interests of beneficiaries. To be a good trustee is relatively simple, but to be a great trustee is much harder. The endeavour of going for great is not only more rewarding but makes you a better, stronger human being. To illustrate what I mean, let me tell you about […]

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 […]

Making CFG fit for the future

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May 9, 2014 at 11:47

As we approach this year’s Annual Conference, I thought I would use my introduction to talk about what CFG has done to be “fit for the future”, and to give you a heads up on the changes we plan to make to continue this exciting journey. CFG is now in its 27th year. Over the years we have grown and developed, and the skills we need from staff and the board have changed and evolved. Each of the chief executives and (particularly before we had a significant staff capacity) trustees have brought their own thoughts and contributions to the support […]

Diversifying your Board – the benefits for small charities

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March 3, 2014 at 10:52

Alex Swallow, Chief Executive of the Small Charities Coalition tells us… Having a diverse Board makes a real difference to the prospects for your charity. There are two types of diversity that are important here, which are closely linked. The first is diversity of skills – a charity Board will typically need finance skills, comms skills, legal skills, fundraising skills, research skills and so on. The second is every other form of diversity: age, gender, ethnicity etc. In order to get the best trustees possible you need a board that is open to a great variety of people, not one […]