The key to good governance – truly understanding the business

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April 9, 2018 at 13:38

Trustees need to make informed and appropriate strategic decisions for their charity and to do this, need to fully understand the business. Suzanne O’Brien, CXK, highlights the need for information to be accessible and appropriate to the board, and shares her useful reporting method which will be discussed further at the Annual Conference.

Money is not the issue when it comes to charging for Charity Commission

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January 23, 2018 at 08:30

The government should be congratulated on its decision to increase the Charity Commission’s funding by £5m per year (a 20% increase) over the near future, whilst it considers what it is going to do next. The departing Chair of the Charity Commission, William Shawcross, also deserves credit for getting the government to puts his money where his mouth is. However, this puts into sharp context the rhetoric that has been deployed over several years that the Charity Commission has to be paid for by charities, because of the pressures on the public finances. In the years following austerity, it has […]

A stairway to heaven on business rates for the charity sector?

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December 1, 2017 at 12:45

Now that it has been a week since the Chancellor submitted his Autumn Budget, CFG has been able to take a finer look at what the document says on business rates.

Investing in financial governance is one of the most cost effective ways to help your charity

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November 17, 2017 at 10:15

As we come to the end of Trustees Week 2017, Charity Finance Group has had a busy week. Yesterday, one of our Member Meetings was focused on how to improve governance and explaining the new Charity Governance Code. At the start of the week we launched the findings of a survey that we carried out with MHA MacIntyre Hudson into financial governance. Today, we launch a new free guide for trustees of charities on finance issues, sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson, alongside a glossary of key charity finance terms.

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.

6 simple steps your charity can take to help protect themselves from fundraising fraud

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September 25, 2017 at 09:58

Fundraising fraud is where a fraudster (who might be known) collects money on behalf of the charity but keeps some or all of the money and can be difficult for a charity to track.

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.

Fraud and the 3 C’s

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September 25, 2017 at 09:57

Throughout CFG’s Counter Fraud Campaign we have talked a lot about establishing controls, culture and communications, or the 3 C’s. It is important to also think about how these 3 C’s link together to support each other. So this blog is going to discuss how you can ensure that the 3 C’’s are working together.

How can charities ensure they work towards gender equality in their organisation?

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August 3, 2017 at 15:12

   CFG has previously reported on the introduction of gender pay regulations for organisations that have at least 250 employees as of the 5th April 2017. Charities that fall into  this category have to perform a series of 6 calculations to find out your gender pay gap. These calculations must be made public on your charities website and the  government’s website.

What can charities learn from the recent fraud cases?

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July 27, 2017 at 13:06

Unfortunately this week there have been two high profile cases of fraud being committed within a charity. This blog will provide an overview of each case, tell you about how CFG can help you to prevent fraud, and how you can join us in tackling fraud by signing up to our counter fraud pledge.