Follow the trail
Topic Reviews are about taking particular area and rounding up what is available to help you get to grips with the subject. This one looks at help with financial matters.
- Useful Web Sites and Organisations.
- Briefings, checklists.
- Sample documents.
- Training courses.
Books (other than checklists) are now on a Finance Publications page.
Other finance pages include
- Charity Tax Reclaims.
- Independent examination for smaller charities.
- Paying staff: payroll, income tax, rates of pay.
- Tax issues: VAT, corporation tax, volunteer expenses.
- Accountancy, banking or insurance services.
Also check out the Training pages.
This page is in listings style, within Finance and Legal grouping.
- CASH-Online Key
site Community Accountancy Self-Help (CASH) provides 'finance
advice and training for small charities and voluntary groups'. Based
in west London, the web site continues to be developed slowly as an
essential resource. CashFacts online include Bank Reconciliation, Financial
Controls, Volunteer Expenses, Budgets - in various formats, some including
audio. Useful to the finance novice in any area.
- Community Accountancy
Network. Should have details of local community accountancy
services, where they exist. There's also some guidance material.
- Charity Commission
Various publications available to help charities comply with accounting
- Charity Finance
Group (was CFDG). More for 'professional' charity finance staff and senior management.
- CIPFA, the accountancy body
for the public sector, has a Charities
and Social Enterprise Panel looking at finance and policy issues relating to charities, social enterprises and the wider voluntary and community sector.
- Mango provides financial management
services to the aid sector in the field. See their
Guide to Financial management for
some basics on budgeting, reporting etc. Seek out their Downloads section, for their complete Excel based accounting system.
- Sayer Vincent are an accountancy
firm specialising in the non-profit sector. Their web site has some
useful information, although the sections on software effectively just
says 'refer to our consultant for advice'.
'Find an accountant', information on software companies, news. Nothing
sector specific, but plenty of useful tips, an email news
update and more.
- Association of Charity Independent
Examiners See our page on Independent
- Association of International
Worth checking out by those operating abroad.
- Taxation (Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise) - see our specific page for links.
Charity Finance Monthly magazine - see Magazine page.
Charity Finance Accounts Compliance Checklist produced by Charity Finance magazine - see Civil Society Media shop, under Books (£45 at 2011). Designed for all UK charities with gross income over £100,000.
Charities Internal Controls Checklist, also from Charity Finance magazine, no longer available?
Scrutiny of charity accounts - article on our web site (courtesy of Croners/Gareth Morgan) about independent examination for the smaller charity.
A sample Financial Procedures (or Financial Standing Orders if you prefer) lightly edited from a 'real life' version can be used as a starting point for your own, or to prompt thoughts, improvements etc. Please read the introductory notes.
Charity Accountants Conference. Annual event run by Directory of Social Change, usually early September.
There are various commercial exhibitions featuring accounts packages, although they tend to be dominated by products for larger commercial organisations.
Community Accountancy Self Help 1 Thorpe Close, London, W10 5XL, phone 020 8969 0747. Run a programme primarily for Kensington, Chelsea, Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham groups, but open to others too. Subjects range from a half-day on Bank Reconciliation to 4 day Financial Administration, with others on Unit Costs/Pricing Services, Management Committee Finance Reports and how the PQASSO quality assurance system (from CES - see Training page) relates to finance.
Directory of Social Change run a variety of useful courses, with trainers from Sayer Vincent or Community Accountancy Project. See main Training page.
The Kubernesis Partnership runs a few training days on charity accounting in York (the rest of the time they are acting as consultants on this area and fundraising). £120 for single places (incl VAT). 36 Acomb Wood Drive, York, YO24 2XN, phone 01904 788885, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ICAS^ (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) have occasional courses. Phone 0131 347 0222, email: email@example.com.