OtherResources 

Haven't been able to find what you were looking for on the Small Charity Support website?

Here are some other resources which might be able to help.
They all have good reputations, but Small Charity Support hasn’t itself tested and verified everything which they have on offer.   Similarly, the absence of an organisation from the list DOESN’T mean that it should be avoided – simply that with a large number of organisations offering support & services at a variety of levels it is not practical for us to check and list them all.

For those with an {M} marker your charity has to be a member of the organisation to be able to access some, if not all, of its resources.   Those with a {T} marker also offer training courses and workshops for small charities.

The entries are listed alphabetically by name, NOT by “recommendation”.

The first paragraph, in italics, under each resource is what the organisation says about itself, and is taken verbatim from the organisation’s website.

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ACIE LogoAssociation of Charity Independent Examiners
https://acie.org.uk/

"ACIE is an association of people who carry out IE, providing support and information to its members, charities and other interested parties.     Founded in 1999, ACIE  are the only professional body whose sole focus is IE."

It is not always realised that the standard accountancy professional qualifications DO NOT include charity accountancy rules and requirements as a mandatory module.   That means that not all professional accountants are as knowlegeable and experienced in charity accounts as they, apparently, like to think and claim that they are.   Small Charity Support recommends that the trustees of small charities always look at the ACIE "Find an IE" webpage when seeking someone to examine their accounts (particularly if they are also looking for help in preparing their accounts).


Bates Wells & Braithwaite   Get Legal
https://getlegal.bwbllp.com/

“BWB Get Legal brings you essential legal documents, available to customise and download for your organisation.   Drafted to the highest standards by charity law experts at Bates Wells Braithwaite, each document is tailored to your specific needs by guiding you through an easy-to-follow, step-by-step Q&A process.”

BWB is a big firm of London solicitors with large department specialising in charity law.

It’s “Get Legal” website publishes template for a variety of legal documents, policies, etc. which are suitable for charities.    But you have to pay for them,  prices typically £20 - £50

 

Charities Buying Group
     http://www.charitiesbuyinggroup.com/

“The Charities Buying Group is a not for profit community interest company providing a totally FREE range of buying services,   You can cut your costs on a wide range of goods and services......”

 

Charity Commission
    
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission

WARNING !   Be careful when using internet search engines to look for guidance and other information from the Charity Commission.   The internet is a quagmire of old/outdated material which has been superceded but not removed.   To make sure that you get the latest versions of guidance material, go to the Charity Commission's own website and search within that.   Two of the more useful places on the Commission's website are noted below.

List of Charity Commission 'CC' guidance publications
     https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/list-of-charity-commission-cc-guidance-publications

"A collection of the Charity Commission's 'CC' detailed guidance publications, from CC3 to CC49."
All the Commission’s own “CC” guidance leaflets in one place.   Very useful for finding things quickly if you know roughly what you want.   It also helps to alert you to guidance that you didn’t know existed AND helps to avoid out-of-date internet search engines taking you to out-of-date versions of publication.

5-minute guides for charity trustees
     https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/5-minute-guides-for-charity-trustees

"Refresh your knowledge with the Charity Commission's 5-minutes guides."
The topics covered are:
Conflicts of interest      Decisions     Finance     Purpose     Support     Safeguarding

 

Charity Finance Group {M} {T}
     https://cfg.org.uk/resources

“Charity Finance Group (CFG) is the charity that inspires a financially confident, dynamic and trustworthy charity sector. We do this by championing best practice, nurturing leadership and influencing policy makers.”

Information and guidance for charities, small and large, on a variety of financial matters.
Most are only accessible to members.   The membership subscriptions start at £70/y for small charities (<£250K/yr) out of London (https://cfg.org.uk/charity_membership )

 

CITA e1581676845263Charity IT Association
     https://www.cita.org.uk/

"Supporting charities of all sizes:   CITA seeks a world in which all charities can harness the full potential of technology through affordable and independent support and services.
The Charity IT Association (CITA) introduces volunteers with relevant IT skills and experience to charities who want or need to improve their technology capabilities."

 

CIPD LogoChartered Institute of Personnel and Development {M} {T}
     https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge

"Access the CIPD's HR-inform site for banks of customisable model documents and policies, checklists, flowcharts and guides."

Seems to have a wide variety of management materials, though probably focused more on the commercial sector than the charity sector.

 

The Foundation for Social Improvement {M} {T}
     https://www.thefsi.org

"The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) provides free and very heavily subsidised support for small and local charities based in the UK (those with a turnover under £1.5 million).
Support includes training, conferences, online learning, access to an advice hub and the annual Small Charity Week campaign as well as research on the small charity sector.
Membership is FREE"

 

FraudAdvisoryPanelFraud Advisory Panel {M} {T}
     https://www.fraudadvisorypanel.org/

"The Fraud Advisory Panel is the respected, influential and independent voice of the anti-fraud community.   We are a registered charity and membership organisation."

 PreventingFraudFraud Advisory Panel is pleased to issue a joint position statement on preventing fraud on social media in collaboration with a number of our trusted partners.
Toward the end of our COVID-19 Fraud Watch Group in September 2020 it became evident that there was a common concern about the misuse of social media platforms to perpetrate fraud.   Social media has featured in at least 61,000 crime reports to Action Fraud in 2020-2021, with losses of more than £120m.   Our joint position statement sets out five recommendations for consideration by government to stop fraud on social media.
Click HERE to download the Joint Position Statement

 

PreventCharityFraudPreventing Charity Fraud
     https://preventcharityfraud.org.uk/about/

"Our one-stop-shop has information on how to prevent, detect and respond to fraud committed against charities and not-for-profits.   Become a Supporter.   We are stronger when we work together to prevent charity fraud.   Contact us to become a supporter."

A website created by the Fraud Advisory Panel to provide practical guidance and information on preventing the fraudulent use of charitable money and other resources.

 

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council
     http://www.grcc.org.uk/publications/templates

"GRCC is an independent, Charitable Company, limited by guarantee.   We are committed to strengthening and working with Gloucestershire’s communities, providing them with professional advice and support and representing them at local and national level to make sure they are heard."

As it's website indicates, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council is set up primarily to support charities and community groups in its own area.   But the "Templates" page on its website has some really useful downloadable example policies and procedures templates.

 

LawWorksLawWorks
     https://www.lawworks.org.uk/legal-advice-not-profits

"The Not-for-Profits Programme brokers legal advice to small not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of legal issues, to support the continuation and expansion of their services to people in need.   The advice is given for free (pro bono)."

 

National Cyber Security Centre
     https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance

“The NCSC was set up to help protect our critical services from cyber attacks, manage major incidents, and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations.”

FREE downloadable information & guidance on IT security, including for “small” charities.

 

NCVO {M} {T}
     https://www.ncvo.org.uk/

“We champion the voluntary sector by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations.   We work to help voluntary organisations and volunteers make the biggest difference they can.”

The NCVO, is an umbrella organisation for charities of all sizes.
To access its resources your charity needs to be a member.
Membership for charities with an annual income less than £30,000 is FREE.
For charities with incomes above £30,000 see the NCVO’s membership website.

 

NCVO Know-How Non-Profit {M} {T}
     https://knowhownonprofit.org/

“Good advice, shared.   Knowledge and e-learning for charities, social enterprises and community groups.”

A division of the NCVO, the  “KnowHow-NonProfit” website publishes guidance leaflets and templates on a wide variety of charity issues.
But you have to be a member of the NCVO (see above) to access them.

 

NCVO Trusted Suppliers {M}
     https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/trusted-suppliers/

“Trusted Suppliers provide specialist products and services that can save your organisation time and money.   We've done the hard work sourcing these expert suppliers so you can remain totally focused on your vital work.”

 

Sayer Vincent
     https://www.sayervincent.co.uk/resources/publications/

“Sayer Vincent is an award-winning firm of chartered accountants with a clear focus on charities and social enterprises.”

Has a range of publications, some as purchasable books others as FREE downloadable PDFs, on charity finance issues.   The sub-section, “Made Simple Guides” is worth a look – they are mostly FREE downloadable PDFs.

 

Resource Centre {M}
     https://www.resourcecentre.org.uk/

"A really useful place for community groups"

Based in Brighton, many of its services are available only to charity & community groups in Sussex.   But its website also has lots of materials which may be more widely useful.

 

Statisticians for SocietyStatisticiansForSociety
     https://rss.org.uk/membership/volunteering-and-promoting/statisticians-for-society-initiative/

"Statisticians for Society is a pro bono scheme that connects professional statisticians and charitable organisations.   Originally launched as a pilot project in 2017, the scheme has become an effective way for organisations to receive support from statistical experts at no cost."

 

W.Yorkshire Community Accounting {M} {T}
     https://www.wycas.org.uk/help-advice/

"West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS) supports organisations to manage their finances more effectively and efficiently.   Our specialist and highly knowledgeable team offer you training, support and tailored services to help you to better manage your finances and meet the various regulatory requirements allowing you to focus on delivering your services."

WYCAS services are mostly focused on supporting charities and NfP organisations in its local W.Yorkshire area.
But its website has an excellent range of FREE downloadable guidance.   In particular, the "Tools" section of its "Help & Advice" page has some useful simple spreadsheets for managing small charity finances.