Leadership

People are increasingly looking to charity finance professionals to be leaders, so skills such as developing people and shaping the direction of the charity are now just as important as technical competence.

If finance professionals are going to turn ideas into practice, they need to improve their leadership skills.

Equally, managing resources effectively to deliver social change is not just a job for finance, but for everyone within a charity. This means that all leaders within charities need to become more financially literate, regardless of their discipline.

Many of the problems that charities encounter are financial, and it’s crucial that trustees, chief executives and other leaders also understand finance so that they can make effective decisions. Use our extensive resources to get you into the right mindset.

 

South West and Wales Conference 2019
27 November 2019
Growing your charity’s effectiveness

London Members' meeting
10 October 2019
Leadership and resilience at work

People Management for Finance Managers
10 October 2019
A course for finance professionals who have line management responsibility and would like to improve their people management skills.

Midlands Members' Meeting
12 September 2019
Governance

Finance Focus Jun 2019
24 June 2019
CFG's Inspiring Financial Leadership programme 2019

CFG Annual Handbook 2019
19 June 2019
The aim of The Pink Book is to provide you and your wider colleagues, trustees and stakeholders with the resources, support and assistance to drive social change. Read it, pass ...

Trustee Charity Finance Competency
28 March 2019
This second MHA and Charity Finance Group trustee finance competency survey was undertaken during Autumn 2018.

Annual Report 2017-18: Empowering Your People
21 December 2018
Download a full PDF version of our 2017-18 Annual Report

The Finance Journey: Development and leadership model for finance teams
28 February 2014
This report, written by Simon Hopkins, is a practical guide to a model he has developed to support finance professionals in the charity sector to become leaders.

Beyond Eeyore: Growing your influence as a charity finance director
28 June 2013
This research report is published as part of the Clore Social Fellowship and provides information for finance directors seeking to improve their influencing ability within their organisations.

Changing Faces. How CFOs can master their many roles
1 January 2013
This white paper details the key financial management roles that should be performed in every organisation – and, crucially, who should play them.

Collaborative working made simple
5 September 2011
Collaborative working made simple.

Charity mergers - Findings and Recommendations from Research
1 February 2009
Do mergers in the voluntary sector provide financial stability for the newly formed organisation? Findings and Recommendations from Research

Mergers - Made Simple Guide No. 12
1 December 2008
The topic for research was “do mergers in the voluntary sector provide financial stability for the newly formed organisation?”

Report reveals that there is more to do to ensure charity trustees engage with financial governance
28 March 2019
The latest analysis from the second annual MHA and Charity Finance Group charity trustee finance competency survey, based on responses from over 200 charities, suggests continuing deficiencies in the financial ...

Join CFG – an offer for new members
14 January 2019
Join CFG between January-March for the price of an annual subscription, so you pay less for longer

Annual Fundraising Dinner 2018
1 October 2018
CFG's Annual Fundraising Dinner is a glittering occasion which brings together our corporate and charity members for an evening of fine food, socialising and entertainment.

Sporta and CFG launch partnership to support leisure and culture trusts
10 September 2018
Following the successful launch of its partnership with the Association of Independent Museums (AIM), Charity Finance Group has announced a second collaboration, this time with Sporta, the Sports and Recreation ...

Caron Bradshaw launches new CFG leadership strategy at Annual Fundraising Dinner
9 November 2017
Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group launched CFG’s new leadership strategy at CFG’s Annual Fundraising Dinner which was sponsored by Ecclesiastical.

Outgoing CFG Chair warns that charities must not lose their voice in chase for government income
18 May 2017
Ian Theodoreson, Chair of Charity Finance Group, will make his remarks at the CFG Annual Conference today at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster. The conference is the largest ...

We must prepare for a no-deal Brexit
29 August 2019
Caron Bradshaw CEO of Charity Finance Group

Five takeaways from August’s Inflation Report
9 August 2019
CFG’s Policy Manager Richard Sagar outlines his five key takeaways from the August Inflation Report and explores what they mean for the charity sector.

The lessons for Oxfam and the wider sector
7 August 2019
Karl Wilding, shortly to take over as chief executive of NCVO, reflects on the lessons of Oxfam, and talks about the importance of getting your safeguarding and governance right.

What does the new prime minster mean for the charity sector?
25 July 2019
By David Ainsworth, Sector Specialist, CFG

What does financial leadership look like?
27 June 2019
Sarah Noak, Director of Finance, Lessons for Life Foundation and Clare Jenkins Director of Finance and IT, SOS Children’s Villages UK share their experiences of CFG’s Inspiring Financial Leadership training ...

Does culture really eat regulation for lunch?
20 June 2019
By David Ainsworth, Sector Specialist, CFG

Seeing the wood for the trees
26 February 2019
A subject that it frequently on charities’ minds and in the public domain is transparency. Caron Bradshaw discusses how we should start re-evaluating measuring transparency in the sector and helping ...

Working together for a stronger sector
7 January 2019
By Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group At the close of a turbulent year, and facing the beginnings of a new one, Caron Bradshaw talks about why our sector ...

What does 'entrepreneurial' really mean in the charity sector?
14 November 2018
By Henrietta Atkinson, Director of Business Support, CoppaFeel!  

Let’s recover the narrative on trust
15 October 2018
With decreasing public trust, a prevalent subject of discussion in the sector, Caron considers how charities should change the focus of their perspective on the trust issue and re-establish individuality.

Leadership and Empowerment
12 September 2018
Good leaders set direction, build an inspiring vision and empower others to co-create something new. However, they must also use management skills to guide their people to the right destination, ...

Large Charities Focus
23 August 2018
Rajit Gholap shares what he is expecting to take away from CFG’s Large Charities Conference 2018, and the rationale for the choice of programme this year.

It's time to banish the 'flexibility stigma'
30 July 2018
Frances Lang newly appointed CEO of Variety the Children's Charity, discusses her experiences of flexible working and how this has interacted with her career – and gives some tips on ...

Why charity finance leaders are holding the key to digital success
25 July 2018
Zoe Amar, one of the charity sector's leading digital experts, launches The Charity Digital Code of Practice consultation and tells us why a good leader is a digital leader.

Inspiring Financial Leadership - How the course helped me
27 June 2018
Beccy Reese, Management Accountant at the Trades Union Congress (TUC), completed CFG’s Inspiring Finance Leadership (IFL) 2015/16 cohort. Beccy shares her experience of the course and how she has incorporated ...

“Who moved the cheese?” The case for innovation in the UK charity sector
31 May 2018
by Naziar Hashemi Partner, National Head of Non Profits, Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP

Creating the finance superhero
24 April 2018
Empowering your finance team can transform the way they interact with the entire organisation and unlock your charity’s full potential. Ahead of our Annual Conference in May, Cara Turtington discusses ...

Get back to basics and manage your revenue effectively
16 April 2018
Ahead of her ‘7 levels of revenue’ session at our Annual Conference, Joyce Materego discusses the importance of maintaining strong work relationships as the base foundation for managing revenue during ...

Should trustees worry about fraud?
9 November 2016
Trustees Week 7 - 13 November 2016 

Trustee Week: Working to inspire good leadership
7 November 2016
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. 

Fighting Darkness with Light: My speech at CFG's Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016
18 October 2016
This is a transcript of the speech Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive of Charity Finance Group, gave at the CFG Annual Fundraising Dinner on the 17th November 2016.

If digital transformation means agile working, what are the implications for finance?
10 February 2016
This guest blog is by Nevil Durrant, Finance Director at Eduserv. Eduserv are delivering two workshops at CFG's IT and Data Insight conference on 2 March, 2016. Find out more ...

Five reasons to attend CFG's Annual Conference on May 13th
27 April 2015
With just ten working days left until CFG’s annual conference (and with tickets on track to sell out), I thought I’d take a minute or two to highlight 5 reasons ...

Trustees' Week- find out how you can get involved
27 August 2014
With the launch of #onemilliontrustees video competition; Trustees’ Week 2014 (taking place on 10-16 November), is firmly on our radar. 

Inspiring financial leadership
7 August 2014
By Mike Saxton - Head of Finance Africa Governance Initiative When people in our organisations think about the finance team, inspiring and leadership aren’t necessarily the first words that come to mind. ...

Altum Consulting
Partnering with a broad range of charities to provide them with talented finance professionals as well as supporting various charities through our foundation, via a mixture of fundraising and offering ...

Bates Wells
Bates Wells is ranked by Chambers and Legal 500 as the leading charity and social enterprise lawyers in the UK. Our lawyers are personally committed to the charity sector – ...

Blackbaud Europe Ltd
Blackbaud believes that when non-profits succeed, good takes over. We understand how great technology is needed to help you achieve your mission, so we build really good software solutions that ...

BlueSpark Consulting
We have worked in the voluntary and membership sectors for over 30 years and pride ourselves on our understanding of and empathy with our clients’ values, culture and environment.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
We understand the priorities and challenges that charities face, and the need for confidence and security, when it comes to managing money.

Charity Financials
Charity Financials contains the latest financial information on all UK charities, giving a unique overview of the charity sector across financial, causal, beneficiary and geographical parameters.

Deloitte
Deloitte is the adviser of choice for the Charities and Not For Profit sector. Our specialist team have experience of dealing with a wide range of third sector bodies and ...

Goldman Sachs International
Goldman Sachs is an experienced adviser and partner for a wide range of charity and NFP organisations. We are viewed by our charity clients as a boutique-style firm in terms ...

SEI Investments Ltd
We have over 20 years’ experience of working with charity organisations and globally, we work with over 175* charities, totaling £18bn* in assets under management.

The Gallery Partnership
The Gallery Partnership has provided trusted IT services to Charities and Not-for-Profit organisations and businesses for over 20 years.