Category: Finance

Charity finance administration, advice, risk management, oversight.

#AdventWord 2019: 14 Gather

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” – Mother Teresa Gather is today’s #AdventWord – my first thought was of gathering in resources including money. I joke that my hobby is getting non-Quaker money into Quaker

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#AdventWord 2019: 5 Raise

Perhaps not surprisingly the first topic that today’s #AdventWord Raise inspired was money. Raising money is a continual topic when running a meeting or a building – charitable or not. At one point the building would have been supported and even built or repaired by the worshipping community. However, for most buildings I’ve visited the

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ACAT Conference 2019

This year’s ACAT (Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers) was held at Methodist Central Halls on October 19th. While Westminster was quiet when I arrived at 9:30 it was obviously preparing for the hordes of people expected later on. I always enjoy these conferences, they are a good reminder of the spiritual aspects to my

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Charity Fraud Awareness Week 21st – 25th October 2019

Fraud is not something that people involved with churches or charities want to think about. After all the people on your committee or board; in your organisation are ‘nice’. They must be – because they’re helping the charity do the work it needs to do. But even nice people can commit fraud. The number I’ve

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ACAT Annual Conference 2016

Responsibility, Impact & Stewardship This year’s ACAT conference was held Saturday October 15th at Woburn House Conference Centre, London. Money & Monks, Markets & Monasteries Our opening address was Br Dr Anthony Purvis, Prior of St Michael’s Priory, Willen, Milton Keynes talking about the relationship between Thomas Merton and Dom James Fox the Abbot of the

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A Living Wage Must Pay Enough To Live On

The Living Wage Campaign Lancaster Quaker Meeting are tasked to take the lead nationally within the Society of Friends to promote awareness about the payment of The Living Wage. As part of their work they have produced an information pack, which can be downloaded from their website, which includes the poster above and others. Pay

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ACAT Annual Conference 2015

This was my first visit to the ACAT annual conference and AGM, but it won’t be my last. Although it felt slightly odd to be in Bloomsbury and not in Friends House, the Institute of Education was a comfortable venue for the day. As you might expect from an association with Church or religious connections

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Tackling Fraud in the Charity Sector

Are you a Trustee? Or someone who deals with finances for your organisation and is concerned about fraud? Here is a conference you might be interested in: https://www.fraudadvisorypanel.org/…/tackling-fraud-in-the…/ Date 30 October 2015 Time 09:00 – 16:30 Location Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE Costs £25 + VAT charity and not-for-profit

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Quaker A-Z: W is for Where does the money go?

W is for Where does the money go? One of the difficulties I have found in both being a warden, and in dealing with finances is that most people aren’t interested. They nod politely when you mention money, glance at the account reports briefly when presented (if they’ve attended Business Meeting) and it is usually

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Quaker A-Z: V is for Vulnerable Victim

V is for Vulnerable Victim After a case of fraud in North Somerset and Wiltshire Monthly Meeting, members of that Monthly Meeting and Quaker Stewardship Committee produced a report titled: A vulnerable victim (you can download a copy at that link). The Judge at the Crown Court hearing referred to the Religious Society of Friends

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Quaker A-Z: Q is for Quantities (and Quality)

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. Q is for Quantities (and Quality) Buying in bulk can save money – whether from a warehouse store as pictured above or elsewhere. As long as you are able to store the resultant quantity and use it up before it

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Quaker A-Z: P is for Paxton Accounts

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. P is for Paxton Paxton Charities Accounting is now Britain Yearly Meeting’s recommended software for Area Meeting consolidation of accounts. I went to the Annual Conference of Treasurers, held at Friends House on June 27th and attended a workshop where

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Quaker A-Z: L is for Lead & Lighting

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. L is for Lead Many meeting houses have lead on their roofs or windows – even those who have a tiled or thatch roof may have flashing as can be seen on the porch above. Sadly this has become a

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Quaker A-Z: C is for Cash or Cheque

This is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. Many room hirers pay by cash or cheque, especially those groups which are fairly informal, without a group bank account, or who need to have two signatures on any cheque. However, cash handling is one of the weakest points for any

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Quaker A-Z: A is for Accurate Accounts

This is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. I like the poster above, it can be taken in so many ways. At first you might think this is referring to the types of accounts that the treasurers have to keep. This is very important and as all Quaker meetings

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