Is the SORP FRS 102 working for you?

Written by:

May 5, 2016 at 17:46

On the 4th May the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) published a research consultation on charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) FRS 102.

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

Written by:

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.

Hunting for the silver lining; the IFS, the economy and charities.

Written by:

February 12, 2016 at 15:07

This week I attended the IFS’s Green Budget 2016 event, which provides an essential commentary on the economic issues facing the current government over the next Parliament. The report comes at a pertinent time as the world economy faced a turbulent week in the stock markets. I’m going to look what this could mean for the charity sector by 2020.

Affinity Deals: What do you need to know?

Written by:

February 5, 2016 at 13:57

Yesterday saw a story on the front page The Sun about an affinity deal between Age UK and E.on. While this blog post doesn’t focus on the details of this story, it has raised some issues that charities need to be aware of . I seek to explain affinity deals and what charities need to consider when deciding whether to enter these arrangements.

Lessons to take away from Kids Company report

Written by:

February 1, 2016 at 11:34

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) report on the failure of Kids Company has been released. The report has a number of lessons that the charity sector needs to learn, this blog post outlines some of the main points that we should take away from a finance perspective.

What did the Romans ever know about data protection?

Written by:

January 19, 2016 at 17:33

As usual, quite a lot. Caesar famously used his cipher device to protect important and sensitive military data among his generals. So what can we learn from the famous Roman?

What Regulation, Who Pays? Public Opinion and Charity Regulation

Written by:

January 13, 2016 at 17:48

CFG has today published a new report, What Regulation, Who Pays? Public Opinion and Charity Regulation. The research was conducted by Dr Eddy Hogg from the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent. The aim of the research was to explore in detail the public attitude to charity regulation, and who they think should foot the bill for that regulation.

Does the charity sector have a problem with women?

Written by:

November 9, 2015 at 16:37

Last week there was some good news for women looking for high-powered careers in the city, as it looks like all-male FTSE 100 boards have been confined to the dustbins of history, where they belong. Whilst we should take a moment to recognise this positive step in the right direction, there is not the time for complacency.

Targeted giveaways risk creating a hierarchy of charities

Written by:

August 28, 2015 at 17:58

Successive budgets over the last and current parliament have introduced targeted giveaways to charities through both Libor fines and VAT rebates. These funds have gone to selected organisations including military charities, rescue services, and youth organisations. Whilst this funding is very much welcome to those charities that receive it and their beneficiaries, such giveaways are becoming a worrying trend and risk categorising the sector into worthy and less worthy organisations, as deemed by the government of the day. Charity is personal… Simply put: a person’s decision whether or not to donate to charity and which cause to support will come down […]

The time for ‘rational optimism’ – A response to Matt Ridley

Written by:

August 19, 2015 at 10:19

Another week and another article from a national newspaper calling for a ‘radical’ rethink about the charity sector (or a ‘radical cleansing’) as Viscount Ridley put it. It’s certainly been a tough few months for charities which have seen considerable scrutiny about how they operate. Although it can be uncomfortable at times, we should always welcome public debate into how charities work and the activities that they undertake. However, while we should welcome scrutiny, we should not be afraid to combat misconceptions about the sector. Public understanding and trust in charities will not be enhanced if we do not correct […]