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.

Better partnerships needed between finance and fundraising teams

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April 13, 2017 at 14:26

Fundraising isn’t just about fundraisers. It is about the whole organisation. One of the lessons that the sector has had to learn is that good fundraising requires the whole organisation to understand why it is raising funds and how it is going to raise them.

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 […]

Big Board Talk

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October 8, 2013 at 11:25

Looked in the mirror lately? Picked up a telescope?  We’re encouraging charities to do just that in our latest podcast, recorded with CFG’s Jane Tully. Don’t worry, we haven’t turned into narcissistic astronomers overnight: we’re encouraging charities to look closely at their board, to master the essential board discipline of examining how their charity is shaping up in the here and now, and peering into the future to plot the charity’s way forward. It may be easy for charities to agree on the benefits of self-reflection but less on where to start or how to go about doing this. This […]

Transforming financial leadership – improving through improvisation

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March 12, 2013 at 15:56

When I tell people what my job is there can be a tendency for their eyes to glaze over a bit, and I can see them imagining a fairly routine (possibly dull) working life.  However  minutes into the conversation I’ve usually got their full attention and lots of questions when  I tell them that I work with fantastic people who are passionate about their causes and who want to make charities as a whole function better, to be more efficient, to make better choices and above all to  make a difference.  So why is it that finance professionals continue to […]