CFDG running second ‘Understanding the Voluntary Sector’ course in London

5th June 2009

Charity Finance Directors' Group (CFDG) are bringing their popular new training course, ‘Understanding the Voluntary Sector’ back to London on 9th July. At the first date in London the course was sold-out, and participants called it an ‘excellent day’, ‘really enjoyable, interesting and informative’.

Participants particularly commended the format, which is a mixture of presentations, Q&A, group work and case studies – ‘a great idea to aid the learning’ – the balance of general and financial information, and the ‘fantastic’ atmosphere. One participant noted, ‘I would definitely recommend this to others within my organisation.’

The course is designed for people new to the voluntary sector, and in particular finance professionals and treasurers who have recently made the move from the private or public sectors. The course will focus on the environment in which charities operate and the sector-specific governance, management and finance issues. The courses will be run by two leading advisors to the sector, Moira Protani, head of the charities and education team at law firm Wilsons, and Kate Sayer from Sayer Vincent, consultants and auditors to the sector.

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Notes to Editor:

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. CFDG’s 1,560 plus members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Between them our members manage some £14.7 billion in charity income per year.

Sayer Vincent ( is a specialist firm of consultants and auditors for the charity sector. With five partners and over 30 professional staff we are one of the largest teams of charity specialists. As well as external audit and internal audit, we work with charities to implement their strategies, get more out of IT and help to handle mergers and other major change.

Wilsons ( is ranked as one of the leading charity law firms in the UK and acts for over 550 of the nation's leading charities. The firm's clients include Cancer Research UK, the RNLI, the RSPCA, and Guide Dogs for the Blind. The core team of 14 specialist charity lawyers advises on all aspects of a charity's legal needs, to include all constitutional and governance related matters and those relating to legacies (both contentious and non-contentious), commercial, employment and property issues.


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