CFDG responds to Government's Giving Green Paper

10th March 2011

Charity Finance Directors’ Group has responded to the Giving Green Paper, welcoming the paper’s emphasis on giving both time and money. However, CFDG suggest that greater impact could be achieved if Government concentrated on enabling the sector to work innovatively and flexibly when raising funds.

In the response CFDG expresses concern that some of the suggested solutions could be relatively low impact and are of limited value, adding little to the range of resources and services already available. Caron Bradshaw, CEO of CFDG said “developing new awards and presenting opportunities to give online or at cash machines sounds like a reasonable suggestion but we believe that real impact could be achieved if the regulatory framework around areas such as Gift Aid were tackled, allowing charities to maximise the potential from individual giving. In addition, revisiting the question of lifetime legacies could encourage philanthropy”

Caron Bradshaw added that “the charity sector enjoys a high level of trust which is in danger of being eroded by negative and mixed messages. Government could really assist by ensuring there are clear consistent messages focusing on the positive aspects of the sector, tackling some of the myths and helping the public recognise that professionalism does come at a price. Investment in administration and fundraising generates value for the sector which would be absent in less well run structures. Good professional management is what makes charities in the sector effective, efficient and successful at delivering their mission.”

The full response can be found here

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Notes to Editors:

1. CFDG is the charity that champions best practice in finance management in the voluntary sector. Our training and development programmes enable finance managers to give the essential leadership on finance strategy and management that their charities need. With more than 1,700 members, managing over £21bn, we are uniquely placed to challenge regulation which threatens the effective use of charity funds. For more information, please see

2. For more information please contact Policy Officer Katherine Smithson at or on 0207 2508347.

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