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Sound financial planning and effective governance are vital to a charity’s reputation and success. This can place a significant burden on Trustees.
The challenges of evolving regulations and public benefit requirements, maintaining a reliable funding stream and keeping on top of employer responsibilities can be a tricky balancing act for charities, large and small. An effective investment policy is also essential to achieve a charity’s goals and demonstrate that Trustees are fulfilling their duty of care.
Similarly, schools and other educational institutions with charitable status need to be confident about their financial future.
You can rely on Smith & Williamson for a wide range of advice and support tailored to help your charity reach its full potential. This can include:
Our team can act as a sounding board for trustees and management to identify potential issues based on experience of working with hundreds of charities of all types and sizes, as well as financial reviews of charities for funders and government bodies.
Our charity and education experts can help you manage risks, assess whether you meet the public benefit requirements and comply with regulations so you can run your organisation with confidence. We can also introduce you to other relevant experts, such as lawyers, who specialise in the sector.
Our charity tax and accountancy specialists can assist with the complexities of gift aid, VAT and financial reporting, which all pose unique challenges to the sector. Where charities are experiencing financial difficulty our specialist restructuring and insolvency team can advise on the options and next steps.
You’ll have access to invaluable direct experience and a genuine understanding of the challenges facing trustees from our people, some of whom act as trustees for charitable organisations in their spare time or have been appointed as interim managers of charities by the Charity Commission.
Diversification is at the heart of investment best practice, but until recently trustees may rightly have asked why they needed to worry about it.
Public confidence in the charitable sector is currently at its lowest level
Smith & Williamson sponsor St Peter's Hospice's 40th anniversary Ruby Dinner in Bristol, with Joanna Lumley as guest of honour.
Raising capital, managing portfolios and strong transactional support from our corporate finance team.
A number of changes for the charity sector have been put forward by the UK government
Key points for charities to consider when responding to fraud
In this edition of Charities Bulletin we examine some of the recent changes in regulation, analysing the impact and the steps that need to be taken to comply.
Understanding the three main types of benchmarks and how charities can effectively use them.
Additional information following the sale of Hastings Pier Charity
Getting the right professional advice as soon as you start experiencing financial difficulties greatly increases your chances of regaining control and avoiding a formal insolvency procedure.
Adam Stephens and Finbarr O’Connell of Smith & Williamson LLP have been appointed as joint administrators of Hastings Pier Charity on Friday 24 November 2017.
Smith & Williamson Southampton Office names The Rainbow Centre as its Charity of the Year