Annual Conference 2011 - Moving from Gloom to Bloom

Thursday, 12 May 2011, 08:30 - 17:30

Overview

Conference Sponsors:

PS Financials  Grant Thornton

Media Sponsor:

Charity Times 2007

SINCE LAST YEAR’S CONFERENCE THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE OPERATE HAS BEEN VERY GLOOMY INDEED. THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THERE WOULD BE SIGNIFICANT CUTS, WAS FOLLOWED BY THE REALISATION OF WHAT THE SCALE AND PACE WOULD BE – AND NOW WE ARE BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPLEMENTATION OF THOSE CUTS IS IMPACTING THE SECTOR. WE HAVE SEEN SOME HORRENDOUS HEADLINES ACROSS THE SECTOR PRESS ON JOB LOSS AND CLOSURES, REDUCED SERVICES AND INCREASED DEMAND. IT WOULD BE EASY TO GET LOST IN THE GLOOM.

The challenge is to live with the reality and to work on the opportunities we can create. Government focus on the concept of “Big Society” enables the sector to think creatively about how we operate in a world where the call is for more bottom-up, innovative and community-based solutions. How can charities, big and small, best work hand in hand with local and national businesses, government and the public sector? Passion and a “can do” attitude can provide a way through – even in financially straightened times. It is right now that the skills and strategic thinking of finance professionals is needed most. The spotlight is on us and how we respond could set the tone for the whole sector.

We have a once in a generation opportunity to reshape the charity landscape.

As a sector we must re-educate society and decision makers about what a “good charity” looks like. This conference will enable you to understand more about current issues and to network, debate and contribute to shaping the sector’s response to the challenges we face.

Few would argue against the aspiration of Big Society. But equally few are clear about how we can bring about a lasting cultural shift particularly at the time we’re experiencing such savage cuts. How can we get to where we want to go when we are not sure of the intended destination, when we don't have a map and there is insufficient fuel in the tank?

This year’s conference has something for everyone; whether you are directly experiencing cuts and understand exactly how they will affect your charity – or whether for you the impact is indirect or less clear. We have excellent and challenging speakers throughout the day; starting with Kevin Carey, the multi-talented and provocative chair of RNIB, and ending with a panel session of heavyweights chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington.

There are five streams discussing the silver bullets of the moment, the significant considerations for driving your charity and exploring the challenges of diversifying your funding base with innovative funding approaches whilst avoiding the obvious and less obvious trip hazards. Together with well known and well respected experts from across the accounting, financial, legal and IT sectors providing sector updates this day is designed to inspire and inform.

This year is going to be incredibly tough for many and this conference won’t provide you with all the answers. But we’re confident it will equip you with the right questions, update you and provide an excellent forum to share your experiences with your peers. We’re determined to help you shake off some of the gloom and help you find the opportunities for your charity to blossom.

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The Reception

Reception

Delegates attending the conference are invited to a reception immediately following the end of the programme. The reception provides the ideal opportunity to network with speakers and fellow delegates at the end of the day.

Reception Sponsor:

Standard Bank

The Exhibition

There will be an exhibition alongside the conference programme. Exhibitors working in a range of service areas will be available for delegates to meet, ask questions, and share information.

The informal setting is an excellent opportunity to find products and service suppliers who can assist in tackling your charity’s problems and who can help to make the management of your charity more efficient. The conference timetable allows delegates plenty of opportunity to browse the exhibition stands during breaks.

The following companies are exhibiting at the 2011 CFDG Annual Charity Finance Conference:

 

Accounting & Tax Advisors
Baker Tilly - www.bakertilly.co.uk
BDO LLP - www.bdo.uk.com
Buzzacott - www.buzzacott.co.uk
Crowe Clark Whitehill - www.crowehorwath.net
Deloitte - www.deloitte.com
Grant Thornton - www.grant-thornton.co.uk
haysmacintyre - www.haysmacintyre.com
Kingston Smith - www.kingstonsmith.co.uk
PKF (UK) LLP - www.pkf.co.uk
PricewaterhouseCoopers - www.pwc.co.uk
RSM Tenon - www.rsmtenon.com
Sayer Vincent - www.sayervincent.co.uk

 

Banking 
Co-operative Bank - www.co-operativebank.co.uk/corporate
INTL Global Currencies - www.intlassets.com
Lloyds TSB Commercial - www.lloydstsb.com/community
Standard Bank - www.standardbank.com/cib/
Travelex - www.travelex.co.uk
Western Union Business Solutions - http://corporate.westernunion.com/

 

HR & Recruitment 
Allen Lane - www.allenlane.co.uk
Hays Accountancy & Finance - www.hays.com

 

Insurance 
CASE Insurance - www.caseinsurance.co.uk
Ecclesiastical Insurance - www.ecclesiastical.com/ingoodhands
Thomas Miller & Co - www.thomasmiller.com
Zurich Insurance - www.zurich.co.uk

 

Investments 
Aberdeen Asset Management - www.aberdeen-asset.com/charities
Bank of London and the Middle East - www.blme.com
BlackRock - www.blackrock.com
CCLA - www.ccla.co.uk
Charities Property Fund - www.cpfund.org.uk
EPIC Asset Management - www.epicip.com
Gam London Limited - www.gam.com
Jupiter Asset Management - www.jupiteronline.co.uk
M&G Investments - www.mandg.co.uk/charities
Newton Investment Management - www.newton.co.uk
Rathbones - www.rathbones.com
Royal London Asset Management - www.rlam.co.uk
Sarasin & Partners - www.sarasin.co.uk
Schroders Charities - www.schroderscharities.com

 


IT & Telecoms 
Advanced Computer Software - www.advancedcomputersoftware.com
Blackbaud - www.blackbaud.co.uk
Capita IB Solutions - www.ibsolutions.com
PS Financials Plc - www.psfinancials.com
Serenic Software - www.serenic.com
ThankQ - www.thankq.co.uk

 


Membership CFDG
Charities Aid Foundation - www.cafonline.org
ICAEW - www.icaew.co.uk

 

Pensions 
The Pensions Trust - www.thepensionstrust.org.uk

Venue Details

Location

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE

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Bookings & Prices

Prices

  • CFDG Member - £201.00;
  • CFDG Memb Colleague - £213.00;
  • Small Charity less than £1m income - £161.00;
  • Non CFDG Member - £242.00;
  • CFDG Subscriber - £350.00;
  • Non CFDG Subscriber - £500.00;
  • Chair - FREE;
  • Exhibitor - FREE;
  • Speaker - FREE;
  • Staff - FREE;
  • Press - FREE;

Terms and Conditions:

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the course booked can be made free of charge.

CFG reserves the right to cancel any event two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However we regret that we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates. CFG accepts no liability if an event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from an act of God, governmental regulation, fire, war, terrorist activity or civil commotion.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or the venue at any time prior to the event date. If this occurs you will be informed of changes and given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

CFG reserves the right to amend the content of the programme or the speakers where necessary without consulting booked delegates.

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