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Finance is getting bigger. When CFG started, finance was mostly about producing accounts and paying invoices - now it’s become a strategic function within charities, with a growing range of responsibilities.

Explore these topics for a range of support and information on the key areas of finance affecting charities today.

Leadership

Trustees, chief executives and other leaders need to understand finance to make effective decisions – and it’s crucial that charities develop their people to become future leaders. Our extensive leadership resources help your organisation get into the right mindset.

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Tax and VAT

One of the main reasons to become a charity is to get benefits through the tax system. But tax can be a complex area and getting it wrong can be expensive – here’s how to make your charity as tax efficient as possible.

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Gift Aid

Gift Aid is one of the biggest tax reliefs that charities can access and is worth over £1bn to the sector every year. Find out how to maximise the value of donations to significantly boost the income your charity receives.

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IT and data

The world is going through a digital revolution and the charity sector is no different. Although many charities lag behind their private sector peers, there are many ways to make up ground - make use of our resources to help you.

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Pensions and HR

People are the most important asset of any charity and many finance teams are not only responsible for the organisation’s financial assets, but also its staff and volunteers.

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Accounting and reporting

Transparency is becoming more and more important to the charity sector. Learn about how charities have specific reporting and accounting rules, codified in the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP).

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Governance, regulation and compliance

All too often, poor governance is behind failure within the charity sector. Trustees are ultimately responsible for the functioning of the charity, but they need support from staff and volunteers. Our resources guide you through the rules and regulations.

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Fraud

Charities lose over £2bn a year through fraud every year, but active measures to combat fraud can reduce losses by 40%. So, there is plenty of scope for charities to better protect their resources – read on to find out more.

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Financial sustainability

Charities have a duty to consider both their current beneficiaries and also future beneficiaries. It’s therefore important to be financially sustainable in order to meet future needs.

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Charity finance policy

One of CFG’s key roles is providing a voice for charities to government, parliament, regulators and other stakeholders to improve the environment that they work in. Read more about how we work with our members to influence change.

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