Finance Directors Focusing on Risk after Year of Disasters

31st October 2005

A study of small international charities has suggested that organisational shortcomings undermine much of their work in disasters and development, while financial weaknesses and loose regulation increase the risk of abuse.

Overseas development organisation Allavida surveyed a selection of the thousands of small British charities operating in developing countries and Eastern Europe, from Ghana and India to Romania and the Balkans, and conducted direct interviews with 30.

Although they are not identified in the study, the charities would appear to be typical of those that often spring up in the wake of televised disasters, with local fundraising and run by individuals keen to play an active role in their own agency rather than operate within a larger group.

Notes to Editor:
1. The Charity Finance Directors' Group was set up in 1987 and is an umbrella group that specialises in helping charities to manage their finance-related functions. Visit for further information.

2. The CFDG Risk Conference is an annual event, which last year attracted 130 senior charity decision makers to discuss issues of risk.

3. CFDG’s 1100 plus members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Between them our members manage some £10 billion in charity income per year.

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