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Government no longer has the luxury of ignoring charities

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September 25, 2017 at 15:01

Charity Finance Group has made two submissions to the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget. One alongside a coalition of other representative bodies. The other, on our own, regarding charity tax reform.

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.

Do I need a fraud response plan?

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September 25, 2017 at 09:57

Although many organisations seek to mitigate the risks of environmental or man-made crises by developing a disaster recovery plan, very few apply the same rationale to the risks associated with fraud.

Fraud and the 3 C’s

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September 25, 2017 at 09:57

Throughout CFG’s Counter Fraud Campaign we have talked a lot about establishing controls, culture and communications, or the 3 C’s. It is important to also think about how these 3 C’s link together to support each other. So this blog is going to discuss how you can ensure that the 3 C’’s are working together.

Could political instability create financial instability for charities?

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August 23, 2017 at 10:59

Charities have operated for some time in the midst of economic instability. This has become the bread and butter for most organisations – the recession, cuts in government spending or fundraising regulation changes. However over the past two years, we have also seen increasing political instability (the snap election and Brexit just a couple of obvious examples) has certainly created policy uncertainty for charities. But could political instability also have a financial repercussion for charities? Earlier this week, I attended a seminar led by David Hart of Northumbria University on a new report Charity Begins at Home which has tried […]

How can charities ensure they work towards gender equality in their organisation?

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August 3, 2017 at 15:12

   CFG has previously reported on the introduction of gender pay regulations for organisations that have at least 250 employees as of the 5th April 2017. Charities that fall into  this category have to perform a series of 6 calculations to find out your gender pay gap. These calculations must be made public on your charities website and the  government’s website.

Why has CFG written a report on potential Brexit deals?

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August 1, 2017 at 10:35

 As you may have read in the newspapers, Charity Finance Group has drafted a report on the potential opportunities and risks facing the charity sector on Brexit. We have considered the two main scenarios being considered at the moment, a Brexit deal which means that we remain in the Single Market and the customs union and a scenario where we leave the Single Market and customs union. Our analysis indicates that there are significant risks to UK charities staying in the Single Market and customs union if this leads to the continuation of EU rules on tax, public service regulations […]

What can charities learn from the recent fraud cases?

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July 27, 2017 at 13:06

Unfortunately this week there have been two high profile cases of fraud being committed within a charity. This blog will provide an overview of each case, tell you about how CFG can help you to prevent fraud, and how you can join us in tackling fraud by signing up to our counter fraud pledge.

Probate fees for charities accessing legacies doesn’t make sense

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July 12, 2017 at 15:59

CFG has signed a letter to the Times with other charities about the proposals for probate fees to access estates, which could cost charities £18m a year according to the Institute of Legacy Management. We also wrote to the new Minister for Courts on their appointment about this issue. We thought that they were dead, but it looks like we may have only got a temporary reprieve.

CFG launches Counter Fraud Campaign

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July 12, 2017 at 08:30

Tackling Fraud Together Just in case you are unaware, CFG is celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. While most anniversaries are a time to reflect and look back on what change has occurred, CFG has decided to use this opportunity as a way to look forward. While it is important to remember and reflex, looking at how the charity sector has changed to adapt to challenges and what challenges could be ahead is more important than when CFG started in 1987.