Over 1,400 UK charities turn to us to develop their finance management knowledge and skills. Collectively, these charities manage £22bn of funds – that represents around a third of the entire charity sector’s income.
At a challenging time for charity funding, it’s more vital than ever to ensure that money is making the biggest impact possible; it’s our role to empower charities to do this through championing best practice, nurturing leadership and influencing policy makers
What our members say
Feedback from our members shows that our programme of events and training, specialist helplines, monthly magazines and key resources improves their financial confidence and enables them to achieve more for their beneficiaries.
In financial year 2016-2017 alone we ran 140 events, attended by over 5,500 delegates on topics as wide ranging as Gift Aid, Investment, Finance for Non-Finance Managers and Charity Finance for Trustees. We’re proud of the consistently positive feedback we receive from delegates:
- At our Investment Conference, 100% said their knowledge and skills had improved and 95% felt they had greater awareness of best practice in charity finance;
- 94% of delegates from our Annual Conference 2017 said that they felt more confident about the next steps they need to take and how to implement them;
- 100% of the 48 new professionals who joined our flagship leadership programme, Inspiring Financial Leadership, agreed or strongly agreed that the programme made them more confident in their leadership skills.
Find out more about the many benefits of becoming a member of CFG.
How we shape policy
At CFG, we know how poor policy decisions and bad laws or regulations can be a significant drain on charity resources. Our work plays a vital role in shaping policy and influencing decision makers, helping to build a better operating environment for all charities.
We have a unique insight into the challenges that charities face through our consultation events and surveys. These give us the opportunity to engage with - and receive feedback from - hundreds of charities, making us a leading voice for charities on key finance issues.
Key themes that charities tell us about include The Apprenticeships Levy, Brexit, Gift Aid, Making Tax Digital, regulatory changes, and accounting changes. These are just some of the areas that we have worked on to ensure that the issues facing the charity sector are understood and accounted for by government.