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Charities and longevity – Hope for the best, plan for the worst

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December 13, 2017 at 10:33

Like CFG, we have been supporting not-for-profit organisations for many years and we were proud to sponsor their Annual Dinner. As CFG celebrated 30 years of supporting charities this year, we asked dinner guests to share their advice to charities for surviving 30 years in the sector.

The wash-up from Investment Conference 2017

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December 7, 2017 at 11:40

In January, CFG held its Investment Conference 2017. Instead of a ‘conference’ style format, delegates were seated at round tables hosted by CFG’s corporate partners. The aim of this new approach is to generate lively discussions around three topical issues and to give delegates and hosts the chance to meet more people.

Using social investment to become financially sustainable

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December 1, 2017 at 15:10

Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness’ Director of Social Finance and Social, Mark Salway, discusses Social Investment as a way forward to create a sustainable future for charities.

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.

Will new Gift Aid Donor Benefit rules make it simpler for small charities?

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November 28, 2017 at 15:55

In the midst of all the noise around the Budget, a significant change to the Gift Aid rules has been proposed. The proposal appears straight forward on the face of it with the three threshold limits for what can be given as a “thank you” to donors being cut down to two. The current limit of a thank you being worth only 25% of the total value of the donation for the first £100 will remain. But for donations over £100 – charities will be able to give 5% for the part of the donation that exceeds £100. This is […]

What do the latest Budget 2017 economic numbers mean for charities?

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November 23, 2017 at 09:10

The Budget is out, the CFG Budget Briefing for charities is available to download from our website, the dust appears to have settled pretty quickly on this Budget. But what does the wider economic picture mean for charities?

Live Blog: Autumn Budget 2017

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November 22, 2017 at 09:37

On Wednesday 22nd November at 12:30pm the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, will deliver the first Budget since the General Election in June. If you can’t tune into the Chancellor’s speech, then do follow this blog for key announcements and early analysis of how they will impact on the charity sector. 

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.

What should charities expect from the Autumn Budget 2017?

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November 17, 2017 at 09:43

It’s that time of the year again when the newspapers are full of gossip about potential giveaways or shocking tax changes which are going to cost eye-watering sums of money. Over recent years, charities have got used to Budgets being “missed opportunities” and passing by without much of an impact. But we cannot be complacent as charities. Tax reliefs for charities are worth billions every year and over 1/3 of our income comes from government. Simply put, what the Chancellor says matters. So what we can expect from the Autumn Budget?

Sarah Atkinson – Have your say on the annual return for charities

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November 14, 2017 at 09:30

Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission explains why all charities should take part in their consultation on the Annual Return.