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Charting a path to more fulfilling careers and a stronger society

by Alice Clementi, Charterpath

Did you know only an estimated 10% of UK accountants volunteer their time and skills to non-profits each year?    At Charterpath our mission is ambitious – to see 50% of all accountants giving 2 days a year to skills-based volunteering. Why? Non-profits are facing a perfect storm post the pandemic. Income has reduced with a fall in donations and limits on fundraising events, whilst there is an ...

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Public trust in charities 2021

by Kristina Kopic

The Charity Commission’s latest findings on trust in charities show that the sector’s efforts during the pandemic have been noticed: public trust in charities in England and Wales is on the rise (now 6.4/10, up from 6.2 in 2020) and approaching its 2014 peak, and only doctors and the police scored higher than charities. Charities are now considered ‘essential’ or ‘very important’ to society by ...

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Interested in becoming an Academy trustee? Find out what’s involved!

by David Ardill, Manager, Academy Ambassadors Programme*

The Academy Ambassadors programme – funded by the Department for Education and tasked with identifying senior leaders able, willing and ready to become trustees at academy trusts across England and ranging in size, from one school to in excess of 60 – receives many requests for highly-skilled and knowledgeable finance, accountancy, CFO and audit professionals. Funded by the taxpayer, academy tr...

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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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