Celebrating small charities

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June 21, 2017 at 17:20

Small charities play a crucial role in both the charity sector and the wider public. With 97% of the sector made up of charities with an annual income of less than £1m, small charities deserve to be celebrated.

Record Management Toolkit Launch Roundup

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June 20, 2017 at 17:07

Last Thursday, CFG in partnership with  the British Academy Research Project ‘Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain’ based at UCL Institute of Education, launched the free Records Management in Charities: A Toolkit for Improvement.

Devolution is our chance to advocate for the most vulnerable

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September 2, 2016 at 12:15

Kathy Evans, CEO of Children England highlights the important voice that the voluntary sector has and how they can use it to be a power of advocacy.

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

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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.

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?

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme: Is it really working for charities?

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December 10, 2015 at 12:15

Charity Finance Group has launched a survey on Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme. But why are we doing this and how can you help?

What do we want to see in the spending review?

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October 29, 2015 at 12:25

The hotly (or anxiously) anticipated spending review is now less than a month away. CFG have been working with other voluntary sector leaders to develop a menu of policy proposals that we believe will enable charities adapt to the volatile funding environment, improve their effectiveness and lay the groundwork for future growth. 

What’s the risk? Implications of the summer budget for housing associations

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July 22, 2015 at 11:00

The CFG team have recently been thinking about risk – risks in supply chains, cyber security risks and so on – and it is risk that forms the focus of this month’s Economic Outlook Briefing which will be published on 28th July. In the publication, my colleague Andrew O’Brien highlights that charities are particularly affected by government policy. Reading his article got me thinking about two particular policies introduced in the Summer Budget delivered by the Chancellor earlier this month: the extension of Right to Buy (RtB) to housing association properties and the reduction in social housing rents. Housing associations […]

Budget 2015 – Missed opportunities and targeted giveaways

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March 18, 2015 at 14:56

The Chancellor has sat down, the media are pouring over the budget documents looking for stories to come out of the figures, but what has been the impact of the Budget for charities? A slight easing of austerity Looking at the overall picture, it seems clear that the impact of austerity is not going be significantly reduced at the start of the next Parliament, but will be a lot lighter towards the end. Ignoring the effect of inflation, this Budget has seen an easing of the cuts. In 2016-17, the Budget implies that the amount available to spend for departments […]

Capacity building – a dividing line in 2015?

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March 10, 2015 at 10:16

Last week’s election hustings at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering generated a number of news articles. I attended the hustings, which were certainly lively and prompted a great deal of discussion and debate afterwards. There was the usual back and forth over the Lobbying Act and exchanges over Eric Pickles statement on grants to charities not being used for lobbying. However, the most interesting section (for me) was the on capacity building for the sector, and I think it revealed a subtle divide between the Conservatives and Labour positions.* When asked about capacity building the […]