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We have over 1,400 charity members; more than 70 of those have an annual income of £50m plus, with a significant percentage ranked in the top 100. So, by taking advantage of the many corporate member benefits, such as speaking or exhibiting at CFG events and providing resources or sponsorship, you can introduce your company to many of the UK’s leading charities.
But it’s not just about meeting potential clients – the wider benefits of becoming a corporate member mean you’ll gain understanding of the issues facing the charity sector, helping you refine your services to better meet their needs.
Being able to access the collective knowledge and wisdom of both members and commercial subscribers puts CFG in a unique position, with a stronger voice to influence regulators and policy makers. Our active involvement with CFG has enhanced the advice and service we are able to offer our clients.Charles Mesquita, Charities Director, Quilter Cheviot Investment Management
We have at least ten meetings a year in London and six annually across the North, Midlands, South West and Wales. You or your colleagues can attend all Members' Meetings in your region for free. As the main subscriber, you can also attend meetings in other regions.
Our corporate members find these meetings provide a great opportunity to hear first-hand about the issues and challenges that charities are facing, on topics including VAT, tax, investment, leadership, IT and law. We allow plenty of time for networking during a lunch or drinks reception, allowing you to grow your contacts and talk to charity professionals on a one-to-one basis.
Our annual fundraising dinner is our biggest networking event, hosting over 500 guests.
The dinner is a vital way for CFG to raise funds - the proceeds enable us to fund and develop our core work. It also gives you a valuable way to network with current and potential charity clients - many of whom will also be CFG members.
“Gallagher has been a subscriber to the CFG for many years, during which we have been involved in the Annual and Risk Conferences, attended the IT Conference, taken a table at the Annual Dinner, and attended the London Member Meetings. Members of the team have spoken at the Risk Conference and the South West & Wales Conference and it is a great platform to share knowledge and experience directly with a wide range of charities.” Alyson Pepperill, Client Projects Director, Gallagher
Our corporate members can book to host tables at the dinner at the rate of £2,850 per table. If you would like to book a table at the dinner, please contact email@example.com
CFG’s events programme boasts over 100 events every year, attended by over 5,500 delegates. Speaking at our events gives corporate members a fantastic opportunity to raise their profile and position their company as a leader in their field.
We put on a well-rounded programme of events, and all of them need a wide range of speakers, offering perspectives from both charity sector and corporate experts.
We can't guarantee speaking opportunities for all of our corporates, but we will always give them preference over other corporates when there is an opportunity available.
If you are a corporate subscriber and are keen to take advantage of our speaking opportunities, please get in touch and let us know what topics you and your colleagues can speak on. In particular, let us know if you have any charity clients who could give case studies, as we are always looking for more of these.
We run around eight conferences every year, and all of them include a number of exhibition stand spaces.
Corporate members are given an initial, exclusive two-week window in which to book a stand. Most of our conference stands sell out during this period - so it's rare for non-member firms to get a chance to exhibit.
As the exhibition stand spaces are so popular, we are scrupulously fair about selling the spaces, emailing all our members simultaneously and allocating places on a first-come-first-served basis.
If you wish to find out more about booking an exhibition stand - whether you're a subscriber or not - please contact Dawn McNish.
The stand spaces sell for between £3,000 (for the main room at our Annual Conference) and £1,500 (for our regional conferences), plus VAT. We usually provide a 3m x 2m space with a table, chairs and power.
Hosting one of our events is an excellent opportunity to raise your profile with our members at relatively little cost to yourself.
We are keen to talk to members who are able to host events for us. Our most frequent requirement is for venues for our monthly Members' Meetings in London.
We normally get around 100 delegates for these meetings, so you would need to be able to host at least 130 people theatre-style for two and a half hours in the afternoon - with AV requirements, followed by a reception with wine and canapés.
To host one of our regional Members’ meetings you would need to accommodate around 30-50 delegates, and provide a light lunch before the afternoon presentations. We typically hold regional meetings in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Cardiff and Bristol.
We want our members to feel confident that all speakers are selected on merit rather than because of sponsorship. We therefore try to ensure that the host of an event is not directly connected to the theme, and does not provide speakers at the event they host.
We also look for smaller venues, both in London and in the regions, so if you are interested in hosting a CFG event please do get in touch and let us know what facilities you can offer.
Offering your expertise
Sponsoring one of our conferences or publications is a great way to promote your company while also supporting CFG's work.
Sponsorship enables us to offer valuable resources to our members (and the wider charity sector) at reduced cost. For your company, it’s the perfect way to show your commitment to the sector, and to raise your profile amongst our members.
We run approximately eight conferences annually, and these often have two sponsors each. The cost of sponsoring one of these conferences ranges from £5,000 to £13,500.
We also seek sponsorship for our printed and digital publications, and our Annual Fundraising Dinner (see ‘networking’ section above to find out more).
We email all of our corporate members when any of these opportunities becomes available, but if you are interested in discussing what sponsorship opportunities are coming up, please contact Dawn McNish.
Our charity members rely on our online library of useful resources to stay informed on issues that matter to them.
The document library is a collection of practical documents, such as sample policies, which charities can download and use in their own organisations. There are also articles and reports that have been donated by professional advisors on topics of interest to charity professionals.
By offering your expertise and contributing to our document library you are directly helping charity professionals improve their knowledge and services. If you have experience of working with the charity sector and feel that you could contribute useful information to the library, we would like to hear from you.
Similarly, our charity members can access exclusive free initial advice through the CFG helplines on topics including accounting and tax; insolvency; legal; pensions; property; and treasury.
Each helpline is supported by a corporate member with considerable experience advising the charity and not-for-profit sectors, providing a real lifeline for our members to have an initial discussion and work out if they need to access further help or not.
Running a helpline is a brilliant opportunity for businesses to add extra value to the charity sector and to improve their own understanding of what concerns charities.
“Charities and social enterprises form a core part of our business. Providing the employment law helpline for CFG members provides a useful service for members and also allows us to better understand the employment law issues in the charity sector.” Jill Baker, Business Development Manager, Hempsons, Harrogate