CFG Membership is an excellent way of staying in touch and keeping informed on key issues facing charity finance professionals.
"The networking opportunities that CFG provides are key to my membership. I value the opportunities to share knowledge and to learn from others in the sector who are dealing with similar issues"
- Karen Atkinson, Acting Director of Finance, Prostate Cancer UK. CFG's Member of the Month for November 2015.
Members of CFG have access to the full range of membership services:
- Finance Focus Magazine
Finance Focus is CFG's monthly magazine for members. It includes expert briefings and features on topical issues, as well as a round-up of latest sector news and CFG events. Printed copies of Finance Focusare sent to the primary contact in your organisation every month, and all additional contacts benefit from access to the digital version.
- CFG Annual Handbook
Produced annually, this compendium of opinion pieces, guidance and resources is posted out to primary contacts as part of their membership package. Additional contacts can download the electronic version free of charge. The resources (which include sample job descriptions and model policies) can also be downloaded in editable format.
- Discounted rates
CFG members receive reduced ticket prices for all CFG events, training courses and conferences, providing opportunities to support your Continuing Professional Development.
- Members' Meetings
Take advantage of CFG's free members' meetings, which take place in London and across England and Wales. Members' meetings cover a variety of topical themes throughout the year.
- CFG Jobs Board in partnership with Third Sector
CFG members can save up to an incredible £1,535 on their recruitment costs and can advertise treasurer and trustee vacancies completely free of charge.
- Special Interest Groups
CFG facilitates three Special Interest Groups: Overseas Special Interest Group (OSSIG), Community Accounting Special Interest Group (CASIG), Large Charities Special Interest Group (LCSIG). These provide an opportunity for members with an interest in these areas to meet at dedicated events and to share experiences and learn from others. Our Overseas Special Interest Group and Large Charities Special Interest Group also operate as LinkedIn discussion groups, where members can post questions and updates. You can request to join these via the Charity Finance Group LinkedIn page.
Members are invited to take part in our forums, which currently include a Banking Forum, Pensions Forum and a Technical Accounting Forum. The forums provide a great way for CFG members to discuss key issues in relation to the topic, and also help CFG to understand any problems and challenges facing our members - we can then represent these views to government and policy makers. Email the policy team to find out more about joining.
- Access to policy and regulation consultations
CFG's policy team tackles the subjects that affect you and your charity’s ability to operate. CFG members have the opportunity to contribute to policy consultations and be kept informed about a wide range of issues from SORP, VAT and tax to pensions, banking reform and social investment.
Most Charity Finance Group meetings and events are combined with an informal lunch or reception, giving you the opportunity to network and build contacts. You can also link up with other members through our online find-a-member service.
Join our members’ only LinkedIn group to connect with other CFG charity members, ask questions and get feedback from your peers.
- Free specialist advice from experts via our Helplines
Our free helplines cover accounting, legal, property and insolvency matters.
- Online resources
Search for and download example documents and good practice guidance submitted by CFG, members and other charities and experts, from CFG’s online document library. We also have a range of publications and best practice guides, including a quarterly Economic Outlook Briefing.
Copies of the CFG Annual Handbook are sent to members each year. This is a useful reference guide containing think pieces on key issues as well as practical resources such as model role descriptions and policies.Members also receive copies of Charity Times Magazine - both of these are sent to the primary contact in your organisation.
There is also a range of practical information and resources available on our website to members, who can log in to access exclusive content.
"Getting Finance Focus magazine regularly reassures me that there is a round-up of current issues in the sector coming to me. The website is also a really useful first stop to search for quality information."
- Damaris McDonald, Director of Finance and Operations, Spitalfields Music. CFG's member of the month for October 2015.
Find out more about how to become a member of CFG.