The CFG Podcast

Our charity finance podcast brings together a unique community of charity finance professionals, leaders and experts to explore the important issues in charity finance and the sector.

The CFG Podcast gives charity finance professionals and sector leaders insights into conversations happening in the sector in an easily accessible way.

Here at CFG, we’re always exploring new ways to reach further into our community with useful resources and guidance, and we are delighted to share this new platform with you.

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How to think like a CEO with Rob Williams and Nicki Deeson

Ahead of their session at the CFG Annual Conference, CEO of War Child Rob Williams and Leadership Coach and Business Mentor Nicki Deeson join CFG’s Joanna Strumilowska to explore overlap areas and differences in thinking between CEOs and finance directors, an especially relevant issue during COVID-19.


You can view Nicki's presentation slides for this episode here

Writing an effective investment policy for your charity

Whether you’re looking to review your charity’s investment policy or starting from scratch, this episode will help you to understand the essentials. David Ainsworth speaks to Isobel Fraser and Ian Enslin from Waverton Investment Management who provide some helpful guidance and top tips when it comes to preparing your charity’s investment policy.

Disclaimer from Waverton Investment Management: Nothing that we say in this podcast is prescriptive and we are not providing specific investment or legal advice. Investors should be aware that investing comes with its risks, and that the value of your investments can go down as well as up.


Getting to grips with impact investment

If you’re beginning to explore charity investing or have years of experience in this space, there’s valuable food for thought in this podcast, especially for charity finance professionals, senior leadership teams and trustees. CFG’s David Ainsworth was joined by Ben Palmer of the Brooks Macdonald Charities team to discuss some of the key trends and issues around impact investing, and how charities can develop a positive and inclusive approach.

Public story and personal impact – Amnesty International

International Finance Director Nicki Deeson speaks to Richard Sagar from CFG about the well-documented challenges facing Amnesty International and discusses the personal impact within the organisation.

The next steps for Gift Aid

Paul Winyard, Senior Policy Officer at NCVO speaks to CFG’s Richard Sagar about the work of the independent Charity Tax Commission and their recommendations for Gift Aid reform.


Where are we now with Gift Aid?

Richard Bray of Charity Tax Group and Cancer Research UK talks to CFG’s Richard Sagar about the Gift Aid landscape, with a practical and strategic look at this important tax relief, the role of online giving and technology, and the future of Gift Aid in the sector.

Entrepreneurial spirit in independent museums – The Postal Museum

Abby, Cordelia and Jessica from CFG chat to Laura Wright, CEO of The Postal Museum, about her career in the arts and her transition to an independent museum.

Entrepreneurial spirit in independent museums – the Vagina Museum

Zoe and Abby from the CFG team chat to Florence Schechter about the Vagina Museum, their crowdfunding campaign for new premises and plans for the future.

Entrepreneurial spirit in independent museums – Cynon Valley Museum Trust

Charlotte Morgan is Museum Manager of Cynon Valley Museum, which is run with the help of a team of passionate volunteers in the local community. In the second of our Entrepreneurial Spirit in Independent Museums series, Zoe and Abby of CFG speak to Charlotte about Cynon Valley and its transition to becoming an independent museum.

The entrepreneurial spirit in independent museums

Emma Chaplin, Director of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) chats to Zoe and Abby at CFG about the variety of AIM membership, the cultural richness they bring to local communities across the UK, and their big finance challenges and opportunities.

Risk and your Charity

In the first of our podcast episodes, Charity Finance Group talk to Jonathan Orchard, Partner at Sayer Vincent, about approach to risk in charities, and what charity finance professionals need to consider when diversifying income streams. You can listen here - and don't forget to look at some of our FAQs below.

Frequently asked questions

Is it just for CFG members?

No, The CFG Podcast is open to everybody. Find out more about what you get as a CFG member.

Is it relevant to me?

The podcast is designed with the charity finance community in mind, so if you’re responsible for financial leadership or financial management in your charity or social enterprise, large or small, we intend the podcast to be valuable to you and for you to be able to get some important insights and takeaways. As with our events and training programme, we will cover a range of technical, strategic and sector discussions, and have some fantastic speakers lined up to take part in the series.

How do I listen?

You can currently listen to the podcast on Audioboom and Spotify.

Can I be on the podcast?

We are very keen to hear from you if you are interested in taking part in the podcast with us, and it’s a useful way for you to be a part of a key discussion and represent your organisation. There’s a number of ways we can record with our contributors, as we are focused on making it as easy and hassle-free as possible for you so it won’t take too much time out of your day. Contact us if you would like to find out more details.