An enlightening experience
7 July 2021
Pascale Nicholls, Director of Finance and Governance at Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, shares a preview of her Annual Conference presentation, explaining how finance sits at the heart ...
Facing organisational endings
1 July 2021
The past year has been a complex and challenging year for non-profits, to say the least. On the one hand our work — broadly that of charities, social enterprises, community ...
Charity staff, mental health and the pandemic
10 May 2021
By Jan Hutchinson, Director of Programmes at Centre for Mental Health It’s no surprise to anyone that our mental health has in the main been adversely affected by the pandemic. ...
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow...
23 April 2021
When CFG's Mentoring Scheme was launched for members in October 2019, no one could have predicted just how successful and valued it would become. Jessica Meddick, Senior Member and Insight ...
Bullying and leadership
1 March 2021
As more shocking accounts of bullying in parts of the sector unfold, Caron Bradshaw, CEO, shares her experiences and thoughts.
Putting members at the heart of CFG
15 December 2020
CFG’s Senior Membership and Insight Manager, Jessica Meddick, shares some personal reflections on life at CFG during the past 12 months, and looks ahead to what promises to be another ...
And then the world turned upside down…
9 December 2020
With the publication of their new property research, property advice charity and CFG member the Ethical Property Foundation has never been in more demand. CEO Antonia Swinson reveals how the ...
Are you Brexit ready?
24 November 2020
With the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 still front of mind for all parts of civil society, it’s not surprising that Brexit has slipped onto the back-burner. But with the transition ...
Gone with the wind
16 November 2020
Caron Bradshaw shares the valuable lessons learned from failing to prop up a much-loved, ancient apple tree while it was still bearing fruit.
The one constant in these changing times
25 November 2019
In Caron Bradshaw's speech at the CFG Annual Dinner this November and shared here, Caron reflects on the changing political climate, and why we must not forget our focus on ...
Why safeguarding is vital for finance leaders
16 October 2019
If you work in the voluntary sector, the chances are you’ll have spotted that safeguarding has suddenly been rocketed up the list of concerns for charity leaders. As NCVO launch ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...