EU Referendum: What could this mean for charities?

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June 6, 2016 at 17:10

As the 23rd June appears closer and closer this Europe’s Final Countdown song has never felt more relevant as the UK public decides whether they will be voting to remain or leave European Union (EU).

You don’t need to be a charity to do good…but it helps!

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June 1, 2016 at 10:00

A number of things have prompted me to write this piece, but the main driver was actually a question asked at CFG’s Annual Conference last Thursday from the audience. During a Policy Update that my colleague, Anjelica, and I gave someone asked what was being done to prevent money for public services being diverted into propping up the profits of private organisations. It was an excellent question, and not one that I could give a particularly good answer to. Part of my response was that the regulatory structure of charities is one of the many reasons why they are effective […]

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.

Is the SORP FRS 102 working for you?

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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.

Lessons to take away from Kids Company report

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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?

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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

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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.

Caron’s comment: can profit and social change mix?

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March 9, 2015 at 15:57

I recently attended an interesting seminar on social ventures. The presenters argued that the legal construct of a venture should be irrelevant, and that it was the organisation’s ability to bring about social change that mattered. Time constraints prevented a detailed exploration of some of these fascinating avenues, so I’ve been reflecting on them ever since. The one that particularly stuck with me was the statement that if you can get corporates’ strength focused on social good, they are “arguably the best vehicle for social change because of their often plentiful resources and their ability to innovate”. Businesses as a […]

Pressure on charity campaigning is not going to go away

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February 27, 2015 at 11:18

This week Weber Shandwick held a debate on the future of charity campaigning which saw a panel of eminent speakers* discuss the Lobbying Act and other issues in the run up to the election. As reported by the sector press, the debate was intense and the vast majority of charities in the room believed that the sector was coming under undue pressure from politicians and regulators. However, on the back of this debate, I think there is a simple truth that charities need to take on board in the run up to the election: politicians are jealous of the influence […]

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 […]