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.

 

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?”

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 ...

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 trust in the public a prevalent subject of discussion in the sector, Caron considers how charities should change the focus of their perspective on the trust issue and ...

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 ...

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. ...

Bates Wells Braithwaite
Bates Wells Braithwaite 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 ...

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 ...

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.

TNL Consulting
Our services support charities, membership organisations and public-sector bodies to develop greater resilience so that they can better respond and adapt to changing environments and disruptive challenge. Our services cover ...