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Fighting Darkness with Light: My speech to the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016

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November 18, 2016 at 11:51

This is a transcript of the speech that Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive of Charity Finance Group, delivered at the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016.

Should trustees worry about fraud?

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November 9, 2016 at 13:07

Trustees Week 7 – 13 November 2016 Many people still think that financial controls and audit activity is all about preventing and detecting fraud – well not quite. It’s actually about complete and accurate data so you can base your decisions on reliable information. Fraud is just one of the reasons why your records may be false. But how should trustees get some assurance about the management of fraud risks to their organisation? An important first step is to talk about fraud. Many shy away from such discussions but in doing so, they stumble at the first hurdle. Boards need […]

Three things for charities to consider in the wake of Trump victory

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November 9, 2016 at 09:26

Despite the confidence of the pollsters, the unimaginable has become reality; Donald J Trump has been elected President of the United States.

Small charities and auto-enrolment: do you have everything in place?

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November 8, 2016 at 16:09

The Pensions Regulator provides CFG monthly auto-enrolment updates. These blogs provide the latest guidance and messages from the regulator adapted by CFG for the charity sector. This month we are looking at: making sure you comply with your duties on time; making sure payroll software is compatible; your duties to temporary staff.

Trustee Week: Working to inspire good leadership

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November 7, 2016 at 15:38

The 7 – 11th November is Trustee Week for the charity sector. The theme of this year’s Trustee Week is stronger charities through good leadership. According to the Charity Commission there are a million trustees in the UK, volunteering their time to help the 162,965 charities to achieve their aims and help their beneficiaries. A trustee board that really leads and inspires can help their charity to achieve so much.

Government must get on with pensions reform

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November 7, 2016 at 09:14

Today the Daily Mail has written a piece on charities defined benefit pension schemes – this has shone a light on the need for government to kick start long awaited pensions reform.

Charging charities for regulation isn’t inevitable but it is risky and inefficient

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November 4, 2016 at 08:44

  The hookey-cokey of the Charity Commission consultation on charging charities for regulation continued on Wednesday, with the Chair of the Charity Commission once again saying that he viewed charging for charity regulation as ‘inevitable’.

Let’s talk about the F-word

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October 28, 2016 at 13:43

So what do we mean when we say the ‘F’ word? Are we talking about watching Gordon Ramsay shout at helpless cooks for an hour or two on the TV? Nope, we’re talking about something much more exciting (and more important!) F.R.A.U.D. 

You must not miss your chance to shape the next SORP

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October 27, 2016 at 16:10

The next SORP. I know that most charities don’t want to even think about it, but the fact is that the SORP 2015 will not last forever. Soon the Financial Reporting Council will be considering what the changes are to be made to the FRS (Financial Reporting Standards) and a new one will be unveiled in 2019.

Apprenticeship levy update – October 2016

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October 25, 2016 at 17:41

This morning the Department for Education announced updates to their plans for reforming the apprenticeship system. Of particular interest to charities is the extension in the time that employers will be allowed to spend their levy, and the launch of the applications process for the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.