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Trustee recruitment: Free resources to improve your board’s recruitment cycle

by Kristina Kopic

Reach Volunteering has recently launched a website to support trustees with free guidance and tools to actively manage the board recruitment cycle and to increase diversity. Many charities recruit most of their trustees through word-of-mouth and existing networks. Open recruitment processes allow charities to attract new people with a broader range of lived experience and perspectives to give t...

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International volunteering in a global pandemic?

by David Busby, Volunteer Services Manager at Accounting for International Development (AfID)

UK Social Enterprise Accounting for International Development have been sending accounting and finance professionals, including many ICAEW members, on volunteer assignments across the globe for more than 10 years. But what happens when overseas travel becomes impossible, practically overnight? AfID’s volunteer manager Dave Busby explains: “When the true extent of the pandemic first hit, our imm...

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The Rise of Micro-volunteering

by Kristina Kopic

If you want to offer support to your community or a local charity but are short of time, how can you lend a hand? Since the start of the pandemic, many people have helped vulnerable neighbours with their shopping or responded to the NHS call for volunteers to deliver medicines, drive patients to appointments or make regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home. However, not everyone...

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Kids Company: Mismanagement claims thrown out

by Kristina Kopic

More than five years ago, Kids Company suddenly closed its doors and faced intense scrutiny and criticism for its financial management and governance. Now claims brought on by the Official Receiver against the charity’s former trustees, and its founder and former CEO Camila Batmanghelidjh, were thrown out by the court.  The claims had alleged that the former directors / trustees and the CEO of ...

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Skills-based volunteering with Cranfield Trust

by Marie Langan, Project Manager at Cranfield Trust

Cranfield Trust was founded in 1989 to provide pro bono management consultancy to UK charities using volunteers from the business community. Originally, this consisted of support with business plans, however there are now many ways to volunteer, especially for ICAEW members who have a wide range of transferable skills. Here are three examples of ICAEW members supporting charities during 2020, a...

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Make giving back your New Year’s Resolution

by Kristina Kopic

Now more than ever, volunteers are needed to support the charity sector through the challenging times ahead. Charities have seen their income from trading and community fundraising fall sharply during the coronavirus crisis and need help to balance their reduced resources with increased demand in the coming months. How can you help? There are many ways in which chartered accountants can make a ...

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Join the Volunteering Community

by Kristina Kopic

Charities are an intrinsic and highly valued part of British society and culture but without trustees they could not exist. The role of a charity trustee can be challenging and also incredibly rewarding, giving you the opportunity to enhance your skills, explore new environments, and help promote your own well-being - all whilst serving a cause that aims to make the world better for others. Thi...

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Support the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign

by Kristina Kopic

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, charities have seen their income drop while their services are #NeverMoreNeeded.  Non-profits have rallied to help their communities, and millions have volunteered for charities, mutual aid groups and the NHS to do their bit for those that for those that are most vulnerable. Charities and volunteers have provided invaluable support to their communiti...

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ICAEW champions volunteering

by Kristina Kopic

At ICAEW, we celebrate volunteering and encourage our members to offer their skills and time to charities, especially now that good financial management skills can make all the difference to a charity that has suffered significant loss of income over the last months. Accountants who volunteer as trustees can help charities by asking the right questions about the charity’s finances, business mod...

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Have some digital downtime and volunteer instead

by Dale Archer

CABAs help sheet on healthier ways to use technology talks about how gadgets such as smartphones, tablets and laptops have made many aspects of our lives easier, but they also come with undeniable disadvantages, especially where health is concerned. According to the College of Optometrists, people spend nearly 50 hours a week looking at computer screens. This has been linked to what some expert...

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