20 October 2020: Heightened levels of uncertainty combined with the hugely increased number of people working from home has created a perfect storm for fraudsters in the charity world, reports Mark Blayney Stuart.
Coronavirus and charities
The coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic is affecting charities and volunteer organisations. This page gathers ICAEW insights and externally-produced resources providing practical information on managing charity finances and delivering services safely.
The ICAEW has two communities in this sector that may be of assistance:
Audit monitoring report 2020
This webinar, with Hopes and Homes for Children COO Mark Shadrack, is a chance to share experiences and reflections on the financial management response to COVID-19 from an international charity, Hopes and Homes for Children. Hear practical experiences of dealing with the impact of COVID-19 from the perspective of both a Trustee and a Finance leader. This will include the impact and actions taken relating to income, expenditure and liquidity.
15 September 2020: Choices made in the aftermath of COVID-19 will shape society for decades to come. So, being clear about the objectives of a green recovery is vital to ensure actions lead to desired outcomes. Here, Michael Holder writes about the charity angle
10 September 2020: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are hosting a webinar “What's the point of purpose tests?” to raise funds for the Bridge the Gap campaign on 8 October.
View the articles from the September edition of Audit & Beyond.
Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
Charities in receipt of a grant from the government’s Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund have been asking whether to recognise the grant in March or April 2020.
10 August: Laura de Poitiers, financial controller of AIM-listed plc Escape Hunt, tells ICAEW Insights how the business coped through COVID, about her work in the charity sector and the benefits of ACA training.
Using electronic signatures
This helpsheet has been issued by ICAEW’s Technical Advisory Service to inform members what they need to take into considerations when using electronic signatures to sign reports and documents.
Daniel Chan, Senior Manager at PwC, will explore the current state of the charity sector, including insights from New Philanthropy Capital's State of the Sector 2020 programme which captures where we stood as the COVID-19 crisis hit - in the final few months of calm before the storm.
View the articles from the July/August edition of Audit & Beyond.
Important reporting updates for charity auditors
Updated guidance on reporting duties for charity auditors and independent examiners has been issued that requires prompt action.
An introduction to using electronic signatures to sign an audit report
Many auditors are working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown, and this presents logistical challenges for the signing of the auditor’s reports on financial statements.
Webinars and other recordings for Charity Finance Professionals Community members.
This guide highlights a number of key issues arising from COVID-19 that may require consideration in connection with trustees’ annual reports and accounts for charities.
The Charity Commission updates its guidance on Serious Incident Reporting to trustees to cover the context of COVID-19 including its financial impact on may charities.
Tax charities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
Stephen Banyard outlines how TaxAid and Tax Help for Older People are responding to the new and immediate needs created by the impact of COVID-19 on self-employed people.
22 May 2020: An interview with Roberta Fusco, the Director of Policy and Engagement at the Charity Finance Group (CFG). She anticipates that, in the short term, the charity sector is at risk of contraction.
Don Bawtree provides an accounting update and the impact of COVID-19 on the charity sector.
15 May 2020: In Kind Direct operates at the interface of the corporate world and the charity sector. It has seen first-hand what COVID-19 has meant for both, says its Chief Executive, Rosanne Gray.
Guidance issued jointly by the UK Charity Regulators to assist Independent Examiners with some of the considerations that may arise due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Covers restrictions on access to records; access to those in management and control of the charity; risk factors; implications for the examiner's report; sign off and filing of accounts.
This update considers the potential impact of COVID-19 on the yet to be published annual reports and financial statements of charities.
Guidance for trustees and preparers of charity accounts produced by the SORP-making body. The briefing highlights the potential impact of control measures to contain COVID-19 on financial reporting by charities and discusses the implications for trustees' annual reports, going concern and the alternative basis to going concern when preparing accounts under the Charities SORP.
Any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one.
Running a charity
Guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic. Includes a table of examples.
Guidance from the Charity Commission to help charities facing difficult situations or decisions. The guidance summarises the key considerations and set out some practical steps for understanding your charity's financial position, creating a plan and making decisions.
Keep up to date with all the latest coronavirus-related news affecting the charity sector.
Government guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Guidance from the Scottish Charity Regulator.
Portal created by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) offering support to charities in Scotland on funding, HR issues, governance and risk, volunteering, fundraising, delivering services digitally, and remote working.
Guidance from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) on protecting staff and volunteers, holding board meetings and AGMs, and on managing finances (including what to expect from funders and the impact on investments).
Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.
Statement and news from funding organisations and trusts regarding the coronavirus situation.
The Greater London Authority and the City Bridge Trust have contributed £1m each to launch a new fund to support London’s voluntary sector.
This list features funding to help individuals affected, charities hit by a drop in income, and to support medical research into tackling or ameliorating the virus.
Civil Society News has collated some of the funding being made available for charities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A summary of some of the actions charitable foundations have taken in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
Tips and resources for chairing an online meeting.
The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
A quick guide for trustees and directors of public service mutuals and co-operatives concerned about solvency and wondering how to approach it in the immediate crisis caused by the coronavirus shutdown.
This brief guide to trustee meetings aims to help you get the procedure right while procedures cannot be currently followed to the letter of the law.
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Six online training modules covering the duties, obligations, operational and strategic considerations of trustees.
To support its members and the wider sector, Charity Tax Group has collated relevant guidance and announcements to inform charities during on Covid-19
Information on how you can volunteer to help and support others during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.
Information for volunteers wanting to help London's communities including a list of remote volunteering opportunities by borough.
The Small Charities Coalition are maintaining a list of charities that are currently operating and in need of volunteers.
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