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 […]

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.

What can charities learn from the international cyber attack?

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May 16, 2017 at 17:49

Following the widely reported cyber-attack over the weekend on the NHS, and over 300,000 computers in 150 countries, it is important to look at what charities can learn from this attack.

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.

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.

Tony Armstrong looks at Devolution: working with local organisations to transform public services

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September 5, 2016 at 12:00

Public sector finances are under severe strain. Local authorities have faced increasingly tight budgets over the last six years, and the localisation of business rates, the phasing out of central government grants and the implications of Brexit, signal continued uncertainties to come – even with a potential ‘reset’ on the current path of austerity being hinted by Philip Hammond.

First thoughts on impact of interest rates cut on charities

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August 4, 2016 at 17:54

For the first time since 2009 the Bank of England has moved interest rates, not up but down, to 0.25%. What does this mean for charities? Here are my first thoughts on this important economic decision.