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NCVO Almanac points to fundamental shifts in the charity operating environment

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May 9, 2017 at 12:10

NCVO has just published summary data from its Almanac 2017 and as always, it is a fascinating read. The launch is tonight, so I’m looking forward to what the NCVO team have to say about the key findings. However initial reading does point to fundamental shifts in the operating and funding environment for charities. Some of these we have known for some time but the data appears to be confirming them. All of them have consequences for how charities plan ahead and the risks that we face.

General Election 2017

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May 8, 2017 at 10:06

In the run up to the General Election on 8 June this blog post will provide you with all the resources and analysis CFG produces. We urge you to use them to inform politicians and their parties of the transformative role charities can play and what they as political actors can do to ensure charities achieve their full potential.

A step closer to reforming Section 75

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April 28, 2017 at 17:13

If your charity is part of a non-associated multi-employer pension scheme you will be pleased – and relieved – to know that there has been some progress in reforming Section 75 employer debt. You may remember that the DWP published its consultation on S75 back in Spring 2015. After 2 years and continuous pressure from CFG, our members and corporate partners, the government has responded and the DWP managed to push out its response ahead of the election. This blog post takes you through the proposals, what issues may need to be addressed and how you can feed into the consultation.

Common Gift Aid Questions Answered by HMRC

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April 27, 2017 at 13:41

On the 31st March 2017, CFG hosted its regularly Gift Aid Conference  which was attended by charities, tax specialists and HMRC. HMRC’s Charity Outreach Team, led by Andrew Kayley, spoke about the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and Gift Aid and generously promised to respond to some questions raised in writing. Here are some of the queries and answers that were given by Andrew: Small Charitable Donations scheme (GASDS) & Refreshments  A payment for refreshments after a church service, at a fundraising event or a payment made to have a car washed are not eligible small donations. However, when a charge is […]

GE 2017: Charities must not be afraid to make a case for themselves

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April 18, 2017 at 16:02

Theresa May has called a General Election for the 8th June. NCVO has some good information for charities that are thinking about campaigning and I am sure that they will be providing more support to charities on how to work within the Lobbying Act. However, with only 51 days from now until the election, charities need to get their act together quickly if we are going to shape the agenda to ensure that we are best able to support our beneficiaries. Here are some thoughts on how we can do this. 1. We must link charities with the biggest challenges […]

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.

What the EU’s Brexit Strategy means for charities

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March 31, 2017 at 19:59

The European Council has published its ‘draft’ negotiation position for its future relationship with the UK. The BBC has a good article which gives an overview of the document. But what the BBC won’t give you, is what this means for charities. Given the importance of Brexit for the future of the sector, here is a quick breakdown for what charities need to consider.

We must not see a rush to charging charities for regulation – House of Lords report

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March 27, 2017 at 09:00

There has been a lot of coverage in the sector media of the voluminous House of Lords report on the future of the charity sector. It is well worth a read, and has a number of positive recommendations based on proposals put forward by CFG particularly encouraging grant making, encouraging commissioners to fund on the basis of full-cost recovery and recognising the potential of tax reform to support the charity sector. Lords have ‘grave concerns’ about charging for regulation But one of the strongest areas in the report are the ‘grave concerns’ that the Committee expressed about charging charities for […]

Navigating the Charity Pensions Maze

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March 23, 2017 at 10:53

Charity Finance Group has launched the 2017 edition of Navigating the Charity Pensions Maze. This is the definitive guide on pensions for charities. We know that charities want to get their pension provision right – not just to do right by their employees, but to also ensure that they are not putting the organisation’s reputation at risk. Anecdotally I have heard from pension providers and The Pensions Regulator, that charities are particularly concerned about getting their pensions provision right. But, as we all know, the charity sector is facing some significant challenges when it comes to pensions.

Becoming an apprenticeship training provider

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March 20, 2017 at 13:16

Charities with a pay bill of over £3 million will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy from April this year. From the following month, they will be able to draw down their levy to cover the costs for training and assessing their apprentices. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has now published the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) which lists all the business, public sector employers and charities that you can use to deliver training and assessment from May 2017. In this blog post I will give a basic overview of the process that charities will need to undergo […]