Special Interest Groups

As a member of CFG, you are invited to join our Special Interest Groups. These smaller groups give members the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas with other charities with a similar profile and remit, both online and offline

A listening ear, a knowing nod – there’s nothing better than meeting someone who just ‘gets it’. CFG’s aim is to help you connect with like-minded people who really understand your ambitions, challenges and day-to-day work.
That’s where our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and discussion forums come in!

We help members with the same or similar interests and experiences to share knowledge, ideas and network. Regardless of the size of your charity, the sector you work in or the stage you’re at in your career, we are here to help you connect with those who can provide friendly support, advice and insights.

Email our membership team for more info or to join a SIG

Arts Sector special interest group (ARTSIG)

ARTSIG supports finance professionals and leaders with the unique challenges in the arts space.
Members meet their peers to share their challenges and achievements, learn from one another and share important updates. The group also supports policy work, helping to improve the wider operating environment, and runs a lively online discussion forum where members can chat.

Finance in Grantmaking Special Interest Group (FIGSIG)

FIGSIG welcomes all those who are responsible for financial management in trusts, foundations or grantmaking charities of all sizes.
FIGSIG’s aim is to help members make the most of their resources, resolve problems, avoid duplication, develop finance skills and improve performance. It does this by drawing on the support of its CFG members and the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF).

Large Charities special interest group (LCSIG)

LCSIG was set up to address the challenges that are
common to charities with an annual income of £25m+.
The group promotes the exchange of ideas through regular online discussions and
in-person meetings which take place at least four times a year. The group also has an
active social calendar, which includes an annual conference. Membership is automatic
for qualifying charities.

Overseas special interest group (OSSIG)


OSSIG is for all international charities that are CFG members and headquartered in the UK.
OSSIG explores financial issues that are specific to people working in charities with overseas operations. The group shares learning and best practice through presentations, case studies, discussions and networking. Common challenges are identified and the group works on areas of shared interests. Members stay connected through regular meetings, the OSSIG LinkedIn group and the group’s annual conference.

We're now recruiting steering committee members for OSSIG, interested?

Steering Committee

Name Organisation
Gary Forster  OSSIG co-chair, CFG trustee & Publish What You Fund
Ashley Wang  Overseas Development Institute
Javed Akhtar  CFG Associate Member
Julia Bunting  WaterAid
Saf Rahbour  CFG trustee & The Tropical Health and Education Trust
Sharon Martin  Born Free Foundation
Tim Boyes-

OSSIG terms of reference

Association of Independent Museum special interest group (AIMSIG)

The Association of Independent Museums is a vibrant community of museums, galleries and heritage organisations at local and national level. These organisations share the challenges of the charity sector in their diversity, creativity, dedication and social purpose.
AIMSIG is for finance professionals working in museums who want to connect with their peers and take a deep dive into shared themes, experiences, challenges and approaches.

If you are an AIM member registered with CFG, email our team to join the AIMSIG. If you would like register for CFG membership for free through your AIM membership, go to cfg.org.uk/aim


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