Charity membership

Want to be part of the UK’s largest non-profit finance community? By joining CFG, you’ll improve your peer network and gain corporate contacts. Not only that, you can save money on training and recruitment and access our wealth of events and resources.

If you’re a charity, social enterprise, academy school, or non-profit, you can join CFG as an organisation, with membership benefits extending to as many individuals as you want, whether they’re staff, trustees or volunteers involved with your charity. We also offer Affiliate Membership to charity finance individuals.

Becoming a member is an effective way of engaging with current policy and debate about charity finance, meeting other finance professionals, and accessing conferences and training to support your personal and professional development.

Download the CFG membership brochure

The key member benefits for charities are listed below – visit our Join Us page to become a member today.


Members have exclusive access to our helplines, staffed by our corporate members on their given area of expertise. The helplines give our charity members unique access to expert insight and advice, offering free initial guidance on the following topics:

Accounting and Tax

  • Run by leading charity accountants Crowe, this helpline provides free initial guidance to CFG members on accounting and tax issues such as accounting and auditing standards and best practice, tax and VAT and strategy. CFG members please log in to view

HR and employment law

Employment law specialists Mills & Reeve offer 30 minutes of free advice on a wide range of HR and employment law queries. Open to all CFG members.

Contact: CFG members please log in to view

Managing Financial Difficulties  

Insolvency experts MHA MacIntyre Hudson, provides free, specialist support for voluntary and community organisations in financial crisis. Open to all

Provider: MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Areas they can help members: Mounting debts; Less cash flow; Rising income gaps; Worries that you cannot keep doing more with less.


MHA MacIntyre Hudson – Chris Harris     

Tel: 020 7429 0500

Legal general advice

The law firm Russell-Cooke works with CFG to provide a free telephone helpline for CFG members. The helpline allows members to have a short telephone conversation with a legal professional on issues relating to running a charity, such as:

·         Governance

·         Contracting and collaboration

·         Fundraising

·         Mergers

·         Employment / HR

·         Data Protection

·         Safeguarding

·         Leases and Property

·         Covid-19

Contact: CFG members please log in to view



Specialist charity pensions advisors Spence & Partners are available to provide pensions support. Their team of actuaries and pension consultants, headed by David Davison, can assist members with:

  • Multi-employer pension scheme queries including local government, public sector, and private sector schemes;
  • Defined Benefit pension queries including deficit management, investment governance;
  • Defined Contribution schemes covering automatic enrolment, pension education, scheme design, and provider selection;
  • Other support including salary sacrifice arrangements, contribution re-conciliation, and legislative enquiries.

Email: CFG members please log in to view


Provider: Charity Property Help

Charity Property Help is a pro bono initiative run by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, CFG and NCVO. Call for free initial guidance to your property queries related to disputes with builders, planning issues, repair disputes and more. Open to all

Areas they can help members: Disputes with builders; Repair disputes; Landlord and tenant disputes; Project management; Dilapidations; planning issues; Property maintenance; and Property strategy.


Tel: 024 7686 8555



Provider: Ethical Property Foundation – CFG member

The UK’s property advice charity for the voluntary sector – sole referral partner to the Charity Commission since 2015 for land & property advice. Support for CFG members includes free tailored property advice & online guidance. Plus affordable consultancy:  property health checks for finance directors prioritise spending; property strategies & practical training for trustees and staff.

Contact: Ethical Property Foundation 70 Cowcross Street London EC1M 6EJ

Tel: 01923 378603 Email:


Recruitment in COVID-19

Provider: Goodman Masson

Answering your helpline calls will be Magella, an Executive Consultant specialising in charity sector recruitment, and a champion of diversity-in-recruitment. With 6 years’ experience working with a wide range of charities, Magella has worked throughout 2020 helping organisations hire during these uncertain times. She’s passionate about putting D&I at the forefront of recruitment processes and will be continuing to advise charities on how they can do this in this new, remote setting.

Areas we can help:

  • How Covid-19 has changed recruitment, and how you need to adapt your recruitment process to the new normal
  • Remote interviewing and on-boarding: the do’s and don’t’s
  • How to ensure you are putting diversity and inclusion at the forefront of your recruitment process in this new, virtual world, from the wording of your job ad to your interview process
  • Attracting the best talent in an uncertain climate: candidates’ concerns and your brand as a prospective employer

    Telephone: 02070198837




Our extensive programme of events provides members with the opportunity to expand their knowledge, explore issues and stay abreast of topical issues. Not only that, as a member your non-profit benefits from reduced rates for all events, conferences and training courses, helping to reduce your spend on development and training.

We have unrivalled access to a wide range of expert speakers through our corporate members, as well as many high-profile charity professionals, bringing a wealth of experience and practical knowledge.

“The courses and support available are a real lifeline. They’re also a fantastic opportunity to network, share experiences, and learn from others.” Francesca Mahoney, Wild Survivors

CFG conferences form the basis of our events programme, with the popular Annual Conference bringing together leaders of the UK charity sector in the must-attend charity finance event of the year. Other conferences include Risk, IT, Gift Aid and Tax.

Our training days and seminars cover a variety of topics including: the fundamentals of charity finance, charities and trading, investment, performance reporting, SORP, and many more.

We hold regular free Members' Meetings, which offer a great way to make connections and learn from peers, taking a deep dive into key finance and governance issues.


If there are two words that finance professionals like to hear, they are ‘save money’! Become a member of CFG and reduce your charity’s spend on skills development and training. We offer our members a range of early-bird and discounted rates on ticket prices for all CFG events, training courses and conferences.

We know that recruitment costs can be expensive, so we have developed an exciting partnership with Third Sector Jobs to help you save money when you’re looking to take on new staff. Our members enjoy hugely discounted rates on advertising charity finance jobs on our Third Sector Jobs Board – saving up to £1,535 or 72% - on the usual rate card, allowing you to reclaim the cost of your membership in just one job ad.

Not only will you save money, you can also be sure that your ads will be seen by the best candidates. Our weekly jobs bulletin goes out to 2,200 people with impressive open rates of 26%; and the Third Sector Jobs board is currently viewed by 110,000 users each month.

In addition, finance-related trustee, treasurer and volunteer roles can also be advertised completely free of charge, saving a further £495.  


Join CFG and become part of the country’s largest community of finance professionals in the charity sector. This is one aspect of membership that many people value the most as it gives them regular opportunities to share experiences and learn from others in similar positions.

Our network of corporate members completes our wider community, enabling you to engage with a variety of companies who provide services to charities in a non-sales environment. Our meetings and events allow you to build corporate contacts and better supplier relationships.

Members in England and Wales can attend a programme of regular free Member's Meetings covering topics including VAT, tax, investment, leadership, IT and law. 

Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are designed for members with an interest in specialist areas, including community accounting, grantmaking organisations, overseas charities and large charities, gaining an important forum to discuss the issues they’re facing with peers.


We work hard to provide our charity members with a range of resources that come from industry professionals, helping to ensure their knowledge is up-to-date. Our members-only online document library contains over 400 documents from leading sector experts on current and emerging issues relating to accounting, reporting, financial control, risk management, tax, management and leadership, governance and much more.

As a member you will also receive Finance Focus, our monthly magazine with expert briefings, sector news and features on topical issues.

"Getting Finance Focus magazine regularly reassures me that there is a round-up of current issues in the sector coming to me. The website is also a really useful first stop to search for quality information." Damaris McDonald, Director of Finance and Operations, Spitalfields Music

Copies of the CFG Annual Handbook are sent to members each year. This is a useful reference guide containing think pieces on key issues and practical resources. Members also receive copies of Charity Times Magazine.


CFG's policy team is engaged with government, regulators and think tanks, challenging existing regulation and policy that is unhelpful to the sector and responding to consultations on emerging policy.

We are dedicated to keeping our members informed of legislative change and policy initiatives as they arise and to helping charities access a range of support resources on key issues like pensions and economic briefings.

Our members also have the opportunity to contribute to policy consultations and respond to surveys to ensure that your voices are heard on the issues that matter.

You will be invited to take part in our members-only forums, which include a Banking Forum, Pensions Forum and a Technical Accounting Forum. These provide a great way for members to discuss key issues in relation to the topic, and also help us to understand any problems and challenges facing our members - we can then represent these views to government and policy makers.


Whether you’re looking to find a new role within the charity finance sector, or are recruiting to fill a role at your organisation, our partnership with Third Sector gives CFG members a head start.

We know that career progression is important to our members, and our partnership with Third Sector Jobs gives you access to the latest charity finance roles on the Third Sector Jobs Board.

If you’re a member you will also be sent our exclusive weekly email roundup of charity finance jobs so that you never miss out on the latest opportunities being advertised within some of the UK’s most inspiring charities.

For those who are looking to recruit, our partnership offers a platform to advertise your charity finance vacancies on Third Sector Jobs, with CFG members benefitting from a huge saving of up to £1,500 on recruitment costs.


Membership fees are based on your organisation’s gross income and location and gives you membership for a year from the day you join CFG.

Our partnership with Association of Independent Museums means AIM members can join CFG for free. AIM members can join at

If you are a federated charity interested in hearing more about alternative membership opportunities, contact our Membership Team.

We also offer Affiliate Membership which is useful for finance professionals between roles, or retired individuals who wish to stay connected to sector issues and resources. Affiliate members can join by emailing our Membership Team.

Charity Membership Fees

Our current membership fees give you membership for a year from the day you join.

Gross income is based on your latest published annual income.