Insight Articles

Our straight-talking articles and guides are designed to cut through charity professional industry jargon and answer your pertinent questions.

Charity strategy and impact report 2021 - What does a good strategy look like?

Effective strategy-setting makes it clear exactly what a charity is trying to achieve, and whether or not it h...

The need for volunteers in the charity sector

Volunteering isn’t just great for charities, it’s beneficial to the individual too. Research from the Ins...

Explaining VAT Exemptions

Guest post by Les Howard of vatadvice.orgThere are six VAT exempt ‘Groups’ which specifically apply to th...

Happy 4th Birthday! 6(ish) lessons I've learned along the way Happy 4th Birthday! 6(ish) lessons I’ve learned along the way

My dream was to set up a business and help small UK charities. And despite the wraith of Covid-19, which decim...

The first rule of VAT for charities – assume nothing!

Guest post by Les Howard of vatadvice.orgIt is often said that the first rule of VAT is to assume nothing...

Why you shouldn’t set up a charity

Most charities are set up with the best of intentions – often in memorial for a loved one, to support a need i...

Sayer Vincent Newsletter

We’ve a bit to catch up on – so we have a bumper edition of the SV newsletter including court decisions on Kid...

7 inspirational stories our world needs more of

While I’m passionate about charities and the important work they do, it’s specifically newly established, smal...

Rising Girl, the story so far…

Guest Post by Emb Hashmi, Award winning Journalist at BBC , Podcast Host and Social Entrepreneur.Rising Girl&n...

How Hallidays can help your charity

With over 175 years’ experience and 50 charity clients we’re the people to help you in this difficult financia...

Engaging sponsors for your small UK charity

There are two types of sponsors that every charity needs to engage if they are to thrive. The first are sponso...

What makes a good annual report for your small UK charity?

We’re coming up to the time of the year that most charities dread – time to prepare the annual accounts and th...

How to form the most effective board for your charity

“Charities are the eyes, ears and conscience of society. They mobilise, they provide, they inspire, they ...

What you can learn from EmployabilityUK’s digital transformation

There’s no denying that lockdown has hit us hard. According to research from the Institute of Fundraising...

The UK’s biggest charities’ free reserves were falling even before the COVID-19 pandemic

This is the key finding of our third Charity reserves review. On average, charities were found to hold just tw...

Why every charity needs to embrace cloud-based accounting

Finance should never be a standalone function. Its primary purpose is to support the whole charity – not just ...

What to expect when you're having your audit remotely

Due to current social distancing restrictions, everyone is required to work from home wherever possible. This ...

How to be a good trustee during a period of rapid change

Fleur Holden, PartnerBy the time you are reading my article, events in the external social and economic enviro...

Are internal financial controls stressing you out?

Fraud is perhaps the biggest fear of most charities. It’s not just the financial impact, it’s the resulting re...

Good Governance in Minutes

Trustees must act in the best interest of the charity. One of the most effective ways to demonstrate this is t...

The Importance of Reserves to the Charity Sector

Recent research indicates that the majority of charities only have reserves policies based on 3 – 6 months of ...