Finance Directors Called to Lead on Accountability and Transparency

3rd November 2006

Charity Commission Chair Urges Sector Finance Experts to be Drivers for Change

Speaking at the CFDG Annual Fundraising Dinner last week, Charity Commission Chair Dame Suzi Leather called for Finance Directors "to be the ones turning our mantra of accountability and transparency into reality".
Recognising the great pressure Finance Directors often felt to be "all things to all people", Dame Suzi Leather focused on the increasingly important role Finance plays in charity organisations, and called for Finance Directors to have "the vision to be drivers for change in [their] charities, continuously seeking improvements and working with the Commission to help discover and deliver the whole range of best practice standards and initiatives across the sector."
The call came at one of the largest events for charity finance professionals in the sector, bringing a record number of 500 charities and corporate supporters together in a celebration of the work done by all in the last year and to raise funds for CFDG's continuous development of services, which aim to promote best practice in charity finance and governance. The event was for the first time held at the Royal Courts of Justice and supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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Notes to Editor:

1. The Charity Finance Directors' Group was set up in 1987 and is an umbrella charity that specialises in helping charities to manage their finance-related functions. Visit for further information.
2. CFDG's 1150 plus members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Between them our members manage some £11.3 billion in charity income per year.

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