Leadership and career development

People are increasingly looking to charity finance professionals to be leaders, so skills such as developing people and shaping the direction of the charity are now just as important as technical competence.

If finance professionals are going to turn ideas into practice, they need to improve their leadership skills.

Equally, managing resources effectively to deliver social change is not just a job for finance, but for everyone within a charity. This means that all leaders within charities need to become more financially literate, regardless of their discipline.

Many of the problems that charities encounter are financial, and it’s crucial that trustees, chief executives and other leaders also understand finance so that they can make effective decisions. Use our extensive resources to get you into the right mindset.

 

Not long now!
22 June 2022
CFG's Annual Conference Week is just days away! Dr Clare Mills, Director of Policy and Communications, shares her excitement about what's coming up.

CFG statement on Chancellor's Cost of Living Support announcement
26 May 2022
Dr Clare Mills, Director of Policy and Communications, CFG, responds to the announcements made today [26 May 2022] by the Chancellor on the Government's cost of living support package.

CFG and Pro Bono Economics publish Economic Outlook Briefing 2022/23
10 March 2022
MEDIA RELEASE: An overview of all the key economic issues and trends to help charities make sense of the year ahead.

Russia-Ukraine: some initial thoughts for charities
24 February 2022
Clare Mills, CFG's Director of Policy and Communications, shares her initial thoughts on the escalating Russia-Ukraine situation and the potential impact the crisis could have on the sector.

The power of partnerships
31 January 2022
CFG publishes its Trustees’ Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2020/21 and reflects on the power of partnerships during a challenging year.

Charity Finance Group announces new director
7 December 2021
Dr Clare Mills appointed as new Director of Policy & Communications at CFG

Call for papers, CFG Annual Conference 2022
24 November 2021
Every year the CFG Annual Conference brings together our talented charity finance community doing incredible work for the sector. Submit your story and take part as a speaker at our ...

Eight out of 10 charities have not committed to net zero
18 November 2021
Following on from COP26, the charity sector must take the lead to reduce emissions, says CFG.

The Civil Society Group launches to increase collaboration between charity bodies
4 November 2021
Today (4 November) sees the launch of The Civil Society Group – an informal collaboration of organisations representing members and groups from across the charity sector and wider civil society.

Caron Bradshaw responds to the Autumn #Budget2021
27 October 2021
The good, the bad and the ugly. CFG's CEO, Caron Bradshaw, shares her initial thoughts on the Autumn budget.

What the Autumn Budget means for you
27 October 2021
Richard Sagar, Acting Head of Policy at CFG, sifts through the Autumn Budget and Spending Review documents and explains what it means for charities.

CFG Annual Conference gets off to a flying start
11 October 2021
Helen Stephenson, CEO of the Charity Commission, sets out the Commission's role as “guardians of legitimacy".  

CFG launches new leadership tool for finance teams
11 October 2021
New edition of The Finance Journey will empower a new generation of charity leaders.

Now is the time to work with civil society
5 October 2021
Civil society coalition submits levelling up recommendations to the Chancellor ahead of Autumn Spending Review and Budget.

CFG launches new bursary for BAME charities and finance teams
17 September 2021
New CFG membership and training grant is available now.

HSBC Private Banking leads the way for CFG's Annual Conference 2021
21 July 2021
CFG are delighted to announce that HSBC Private Banking, ORACLE NetSuite, Sarasin & Partners and SmartSimple are this year's Annual Conference sponsors.  

RESEARCH: No bounce back for charity fundraising events in 2021
17 June 2021
As the economy springs back to life, more than 50% of charities say they are pessimistic about events, with smaller charities being hit hardest.

#NeverMoreNeeded coalition reacts to Budget 2021
4 March 2021
"This government has today made the deliberate choice not to listen to the collective voices of over 1000 civil society organisations..."

Caron Bradshaw OBE reacts to Budget 2021 announcement
3 March 2021
“The Chancellor has failed to repair the safety net used by millions of citizens every day…”

Press Release: Civil society calls for government action #RightNow
17 February 2021
Charities and their supporters are calling on the government #RightNow to create an Emergency Support Fund for communities and good causes.

#RightNow campaign gets off to a flying start
17 February 2021
Thousands of social change organisations across the UK, their supporters and volunteers are joining together today to share what they’re doing #RightNow to support their communities.

Charity sector calls for emergency support package
18 January 2021
#NeverMoreNeeded leaders set out urgent support measures ahead of March Budget.

CFG reiterates call for fit-for-purpose CJRS
18 January 2021
Charity Finance Group submits March 2021 Budget representation.

Media release: Charity sector innovation boom set to last beyond pandemic
6 January 2021
Charities expect to continue their rapid shift towards digital working and collaboration in 2021, building on the innovation they have displayed in response to the Covid-19 crisis even as the ...

Caron Bradshaw, CEO of Charity Finance Group, is awarded an OBE
31 December 2020
“I am deeply grateful for what I see as recognition of CFG’s work” says Caron.

We will keep “raising the alarm”
10 December 2020
Chancellor’s reply to civil society’s call for a fit-for-purpose job scheme falls short.

Tessy Ojo CBE kicks off CFG's Annual Conference 2020
7 December 2020
Tessy Ojo CBE shares the three principles she believes will help the charity sector create a better future.

CFG gives small charities a boost with launch of new bursary scheme
26 November 2020
We're excited to announce the launch of our Small Charities Membership Bursary for small charities impacted by Covid-19. If you're a small charity, read on!

CFG's initial comment on the government's Spending Review
25 November 2020
Today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his Spending Review. Here's CFG's initial reaction to his announcement.

PRESS RELEASE: Economists sound warning over 'charity crunch'
23 November 2020
Seventy-five per cent of charities expect higher demand in 2021, while 83% forecast income decline. The results of the latest PBE Covid Charity Tracker Survey reveal a troubling gap between ...

Charity and business leaders call on Chancellor to take urgent action to support sector
18 November 2020
#MobiliseNotMothball campaign launches with urgent message to government from more than 100 leaders private and non-profit organisations.

Civil society urges Chancellor to urgently make job scheme fit for purpose
5 November 2020
A coalition of civil society leaders has written to Rishi Sunak to urge him to develop a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fit for purpose for social change organisations.

Caron Bradshaw: Woman of the Year!
19 October 2020
CFG's CEO Caron Bradshaw has won a prestigious accolade at this year’s Women in Finance and Accountancy Awards

PRESS RELEASE: Gloomy winter ahead for charity sector
25 September 2020
Lockdown worries for 55% of charities as 2020 takes its toll Download the full results

Report reveals that there is more to do to ensure charity trustees engage with financial governance
28 March 2019
The latest analysis from the second annual MHA and Charity Finance Group charity trustee finance competency survey, based on responses from over 200 charities, suggests continuing deficiencies in the financial ...

Join CFG – an offer for new members
14 January 2019
Join CFG between January-March for the price of an annual subscription, so you pay less for longer

Annual Fundraising Dinner 2018
1 October 2018
CFG's Annual Fundraising Dinner is a glittering occasion which brings together our corporate and charity members for an evening of fine food, socialising and entertainment.

Sporta and CFG launch partnership to support leisure and culture trusts
10 September 2018
Following the successful launch of its partnership with the Association of Independent Museums (AIM), Charity Finance Group has announced a second collaboration, this time with Sporta, the Sports and Recreation ...

Caron Bradshaw launches new CFG leadership strategy at Annual Fundraising Dinner
9 November 2017
Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group launched CFG’s new leadership strategy at CFG’s Annual Fundraising Dinner which was sponsored by Ecclesiastical.

Outgoing CFG Chair warns that charities must not lose their voice in chase for government income
18 May 2017
Ian Theodoreson, Chair of Charity Finance Group, will make his remarks at the CFG Annual Conference today at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster. The conference is the largest ...

Altum Consulting
Partnering with a broad range of charities to provide them with talented finance professionals as well as supporting various charities through our foundation, via a mixture of fundraising and offering ...

Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
Bates Wells is ranked by Chambers and Legal 500 as the leading charity and social enterprise lawyers in the UK. Our lawyers are personally committed to the charity sector – ...

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
We understand the priorities and challenges that charities face, and the need for confidence and security, when it comes to managing money.

Charity Financials
Charity Financials contains the latest financial information on all UK charities, giving a unique overview of the charity sector across financial, causal, beneficiary and geographical parameters.

Craig Goldblatt
Passionate about global change, Craig connects people, charities and purpose-led organisations to the impact they want to make. Through one to one coaching and inspirational workshops, he helps charities to ...

Deloitte
Deloitte is the adviser of choice for the Charities and Not For Profit sector. Our specialist team have experience of dealing with a wide range of third sector bodies and ...

M-hance
m-hance’s NfP 365 Finance suite of solutions are built on the framework of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. We have then enhanced this functionality with charity-specific features that will improve ...

MLC Partners
MLC Partners is a boutique recruitment partner to the Charity and wider Third sector. Our business is simple, but different. We see to building strong, honest, long term relationships with ...

PricewaterhouseCoopers
At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We work together with charities across our five diverse lines of service: Audit, Consulting, Deals, Risk ...