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Volunteering Community articles

The latest articles for Volunteering Community members.

Changes to your Community

The Volunteering Community will cease to exist from 1 January 2023, but its content will not. In fact, we are committed to make more resources available for charity trustees and other volunteers, free of charge.

Regulatory updates

Read a summary of the key regulatory changes in the last quarter, including the implementation of the Charities Act 2022, the Commission’s new portal for charity trustees, the new 5-minute guide on campaigning and the fraud prevention resources available to charities.

Giving back as a pro bono Independent Examiner

The squeeze that charities are facing at present is unprecedented, with a rise in demand for services combining with a significant fall in donations as disposable income drops. For many small charities, every pound counts and as chartered accountants we have considerable skills that we can use to help their money go further. One of the ways we can help is by carrying out an independent examination of their annual trustee report and accounts, a ‘light touch’ alternative to an audit.

Consultation on changes to ICAEW CPD Policy


In July 2022, following approval from Council, ICAEW announced changes to its CPD policy which will apply to all ICAEW members, ICAEW member and regulated firms, and non-members who are registered with ICAEW for a regulated activity. We would like your input to help shape the policy.

How will the new Prime Minister’s response to the cost-of-living crisis shape the future of the UK charity sector?

As Liz Truss and her Cabinet are outlining their plans to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, many charities are struggling to cope with increasing costs and demand on their services. We’ll explore how the government can best support the charity sector and encourage charities to engage with policy makers.

Autumn charity event series

We are delighted to offer you two charity-specific half-day events this autumn. This includes a technical update and an event specifically designed for trustees and advisors of smaller charities, bringing the topics that you have most requested to your virtual doorstep.

Why accountants can help schools navigate choppy waters

As pupils return to school, school governing boards are taking stock of the challenges they have faced in the wake of the pandemic and begin to look ahead to the new academic year. How can finance professionals get involved in helping schools navigate these choppy strategic seas – and what are the benefits of volunteering in education?

Court provides clarity on value-based investing for charities

The recent court case of Butler-Sloss v Charity Commission brought trustees legal clarity that they can adopt a responsible investment approach, even where this could impact on their financial returns. Tom Dupernex, Head of Charities & Foundations at UBS, explains the impact of the ruling.

Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2022

A time to say thanks: Recognising the contribution of volunteers to charities and other not-for-profit organisations.

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