Category: Charity and not-for-profit organisations

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – help and support for charities


In these difficult times the Charity Commission is providing specific advice to the charity sector. In this update, we summarise the advice announced so far. As more details emerge, we will update this webpage. Please…

Making Tax Digital for charities


From 1st April 2019 most VAT registered organisations have had to implement MTD however the commencement date for certain VAT registered charities was deferred to 1st October 2019.  If you are VAT registered and are:…

Have you received a tax return request from HMRC?


Over the last few weeks HMRC has informed 3,000 charities that it will require them to complete a tax return this year. The returns requests are being sent to charities making large gift aid claims…

Is it time to review your charity’s reserves policy?


As public scrutiny increases, charities need to consider if their reserves levels are still appropriate. Many charities could be judged to hoard financial reserves to protect their long-term existence. In doing this, they fail to…

Charities alerted to risk of fraud through Christmas gift cards


Reports made to Action Fraud have highlighted fraudulent impersonations of CEOs and senior figures within charities. New reports have discovered charities being contacted by fraudsters impersonating the charity’s CEO, or a similar senior person, requesting…

Trust in charities


The Charity Commission has just published its annual research into public trust and confidence in charities. The research aims to provide crucial insight into public expectations of charities.  It will shape the Commission’s priorities as…

Welcome pack for charity trustees


The Charity Commission’s promised guidance for new trustees has now been issued. The guidance sets out what new trustees should do immediately on taking up an appointment, and what they should aim to achieve over…

Free risk management guide for charities


Risk Governance for Charities is a newly published and free guide issued by The Institute of Risk Management (IRM). It aims to demystify risk management and provide practical information to help manage risk within charities. …

Charity insider frauds – the need to encourage staff to challenge and report


The Charity Commission has just published the findings of a study which found that cultural factors contributed towards 70% of insider frauds.  These factors included placing excessive trust in individuals and lack of challenge and…