Corporate membership

Become a corporate member and position your company as a trusted expert with a commitment to charities and social organisations. You’ll also meet potential clients, improve your network and stay informed about the charity sector.

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. So, 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 understanding of the issues facing the charity sector, helping you refine your services to better meet their needs.

“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
Networking

You’ll also find many networking opportunities by attending our regular 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 and IT 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 at the rate of £3,100 per table. If you would like to book a table at the dinner, please contact: corporate@cfg.org.uk.

Speaking

CFG’s events programme boasts over 60 events every year, attended by over 3,000 delegates. 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.

Exhibition

CFG's Annual Conference provides an opportunity to exhibit at our flagship event to around 450 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 subscriber or not - please contact corporate@cfg.org.uk. 

The stand spaces sell for £3,500 plus VAT for CFG members. We usually provide a 3m x 2m space with a table, chairs and power.

Hosting

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 in London.

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.

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.

Sponsorship

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 £1,500 to £2,000.

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 corporate@cfg.org.uk. 

Offering your expertise

Our charity members rely on our online library of useful resources to stay informed on issues that matter to them.

The document library is a collection of practical documents, such as sample policies, which charities can download and use in their own organisations. There are also articles and reports that have been donated by professional advisors on topics of interest to charity professionals.

By offering your expertise and contributing to our document library you are directly helping charity professionals improve their knowledge and services. If you have experience of working with the charity sector and feel that you could contribute useful information to the library, we would 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.

Pricing

CFG now operates a rolling annual membership, starting on the first day of each month.

Corporates with turnover >£1.8m joining in 2022-23: £1,995 + VAT.

Corporates with turnover <£1.8m joining in 2022-23: £835 + VAT.

Sole trader joiners in 2022-23: £211 + VAT.

Contact our Partnerships Team for further details.