We have over 1,500 charity members; more than 70 of those have an annual income of £50m plus, with a significant percentage ranked in the top 100. By taking advantage of the many corporate member benefits, such as speaking or exhibiting at CFG events and providing resources or sponsorship, you can introduce your company to many of the UK’s leading charities.
But it’s not just about meeting potential clients – the wider benefits of becoming a corporate member mean you’ll gain an understanding of the issues facing the charity sector, helping you refine your services to better meet their needs.
For more information about the benefits of membership, you can download our corporate benefits deck, read on below or contact our Partnerships Team to arrange a call to discuss working with CFG.
Being able to access the collective knowledge and wisdom of both members and commercial subscribers puts CFG in a unique position, with a stronger voice to influence regulators and policy makers. Our active involvement with CFG has enhanced the advice and service we are able to offer our clients.Charles Mesquita, Charities Director, Quilter Cheviot Investment Management
You’ll also find many networking opportunities by attending our members’ meetings, events and conferences as a delegate. Our corporate members find these meetings and events provide a great opportunity to hear about the issues and challenges that charities are facing first-hand, on topics including VAT, tax, investment, leadership, IT and law, and help them to refine their services.
Members attend our members’ meetings for free, and get discounted tickets for our major conferences, such as our Annual Conference.
We allow plenty of time for networking during a lunch or drinks reception, allowing you to grow your contacts and talk to charity professionals on a one-to-one basis.
“As an organisation, CFG delivers an excellent service to both its corporate partners and its charity members. We have been heavily involved in most of CFG’s offering ranging from speaking at their Members Meetings and their conferences, as well as running various training courses for their members. One of our main outputs has been the partnership on the Inspiring Financial Leadership Course, which provides charity finance professionals with the skills and expertise to take them to the next stage of their leadership journey.” Jonathan Orchard, Partner, Sayer Vincent
Our annual fundraising dinner is our biggest networking event, hosting over 500 guests.
The dinner is a vital way for CFG to raise funds - the proceeds enable us to fund and develop our core work. It also gives you a valuable way to network with current and potential charity clients - many of whom will also be CFG members.
Our corporate members can book to host tables at the dinner, held on 10 October 2023. Members receive a discount at £3,300 - a £450 discount compared to the non-member rate.
If you have any questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFG’s events programme boasts around 100 events per year.
Speaking at our events gives corporate members a fantastic opportunity to raise their profile and position their company as a leader in their field.
We put on a well-rounded programme of events, and all of them need a wide range of speakers, offering perspectives from both charity sector and corporate experts.
We can't guarantee speaking opportunities for all of our corporates, but we will always give them preference over other corporates when there is an opportunity available.
If you are a corporate subscriber and are keen to take advantage of our speaking opportunities, please get in touch and let us know what topics you and your colleagues can speak on. In particular, let us know if you have any charity clients who could give case studies, as we are always looking for more of these.
CFG's Annual Conference provides an opportunity to exhibit at our flagship event to around 500 attendees.
Corporate members are given an initial, exclusive two-week window in which to book a stand. Most of our conference stands sell out during this period - so it's rare for non-member firms to get a chance to exhibit.
As the exhibition stand spaces are so popular, we are scrupulously fair about selling the spaces, emailing all our members simultaneously and allocating places on a first-come-first-served basis.
If you wish to find out more about booking an exhibition stand - whether you're a member or not - please contact email@example.com or see more information. Stands for 2023 are now sold out, but please do get in touch if you'd like to enquire for 2024!
Offering your expertise
Sponsoring one of our conferences or publications is a great way to promote your company while also supporting CFG's work.
Sponsorship enables us to offer valuable resources to our members (and the wider charity sector) at a reduced cost. For your company, it’s the perfect way to show your commitment to the sector, and to raise your profile amongst our members.
We run approximately six sponsored conferences annually, including our Annual Conference and these often have two sponsors each.
The cost of sponsoring one of these conferences ranges from £2,000 to £15,000.
We also seek sponsorship for our printed and digital publications, and our Annual Fundraising Dinner (see ‘networking’ section above to find out more).
We also offer sponsored webinars and roundtables to our corporate partners, ranging from £1,650 to £2,200. These are also limited in number, so if you are interested holding one, we recommend booking as soon as possible.
We email all of our corporate members when any of these opportunities becomes available, but if you are interested in discussing what sponsorship opportunities are coming up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFG launched our Knowledge Hub, in May 2022, the new home for all CFG digital content. Since then, we've published over 70 pieces of content.
The Knowledge Hub allows you to share content, whether as part of a technical development, a ‘how-to’, an opinion piece or case study.
We rely on the expertise and experience of corporate partners to keep this resource as the first port of call for 4000 charity finance professionals in CFG membership, so they can stay informed on issues that matter to them.
You directly help charity professionals improve their knowledge and services, positioning your organisation as thought leaders and go-to experts in your field.
Thought leadership content for our charity members is a free member benefit, and if you have topics of interest, we'd like to hear from you.
Similarly, our charity members can access exclusive free initial advice through the CFG helplines on topics including accounting and tax; insolvency; legal; pensions; property; and treasury.
Each helpline is supported by a corporate member with considerable experience advising the charity and not-for-profit sectors, providing a real lifeline for our members to have an initial discussion and work out if they need to access further help or not.
Running a helpline is a brilliant opportunity for businesses to add extra value to the charity sector and to improve their own understanding of what concerns charities.
Corporate partners also run training events for our charity members, on a range of topics, including VAT, charity finance, and investments.
These are a brilliant way to directly help charities improve their knowledge, and also provides opportunities to network with our charity members.
Running training events is a free member benefit, and if you have a proposal for a new training event, we'd love to hear from you at email@example.com.
Support our Special Interest Groups
We offer a number of paid-for opportunities, from advertising to sponsored content packages, that amplify your organisation and stimulate interest in your products, services and approach. And when we share your content across our social media channels, you’ll be getting in front of an even larger – and growing – audience. All of our advertising opportunities can be found in our media pack below.
Our corporate members also receive a member discount on sponsored slots for our fortnightly newsletter, a lively digest of the latest news, views and updates from the charity sector.
If you have an announcement, story, product or service that you’d like to advertise in our most-read email communication, sent to over 5,500 contacts across the charity sector, talk to the team about booking your slot.
We also have sponsored articles, which can be hosted on the CFG Knowledge Hub. These can allow you to demonstrate your leadership on a particular topic, but also include a call to action that links through to relevant partner content, resources or events.
You can now book ad space directly on our website to boost your brand. And whether it’s a banner advert or box advert, you can be sure it will be positioned where the audiences you want to target will see it. It’s the simplest way to boost your orgnisation’s brand and visibility.
To ensure maximum impact and quality, ad spaces are limited. If you want to make the most of this opportunity, don’t delay! Bookings and placements are now open, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All of our corporate partners feature on the CFG website with their own profile, including testimonials, areas of expertise, and contact details.
This is a great way to increase visibility and awareness with our charity members, as we direct our members to the profiles to contact our corporate members if they require advice.
Our special interest groups are smaller groups to provide our charity members the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas with other charities with a similar profile and remit.
We have the following special interest groups:
- Arts Sector Special Interest Group
- Finance in Grantmaking Special Interest Group
- Overseas Special Interest Group
- Large Charities Special Interest Group
We have a number of ways that our corporate members can support our special interest groups, providing expertise, whilst also connecting with subsectors of charities that our partners work with.
Our corporate members can support the SIGs by:
- Writing thought leadership content for the groups
- Attending the free events and networking with charities
- Speaking at the events (we cannot guarantee speaking slots)
- Hosting in-person SIG events
- Sponsoring a SIG session
For more information on our special interest groups, please contact us at email@example.com
Hosting one of our events is an excellent opportunity to raise your profile with our members at relatively little cost to yourself.
We are keen to talk to members who are able to host events for us. Our most frequent requirement is for venues for our Members' Meetings, held several times throughout the year.
We normally get around 60 delegates for these meetings, so you would need to be able to host at least 80 people theatre-style for two and a half hours in the afternoon - with AV requirements, followed by a reception with wine and canapés.
In 2023-24, we will also be seeking hosts for our larger conferences from July 2023 onwards.
We are always keen to talk to members who are able to host events for us, so please do get in touch and let us know what facilities you can offer.
Corporate membership applies to a whole organisation, with the price brackets determined by the income of the legal entity.
CFG now operates a rolling annual membership, starting on the first day of each month.
These prices apply from 1 April 2023.
Corporates with turnover >£1.8m joining in 2023-24: £2,195 + VAT.
Corporates with turnover <£1.8m joining in 2023-24: £920 + VAT.
Sole trader joiners in 2023-24: £240 + VAT.
Contact our Partnerships Team for further details.