Small Charities Finance Programme

CFG provides support, training and resources for charity finance professionals across the sector, including specific information for smaller charities.

CFG are keen to support and work with small charities wherever possible: doing so allows us to better understand the issues facing smaller organisations, and helps us to ensure that your views are represented when we’re talking to policymakers and officials.

CFG is proud to announce that it is running an exciting innovative small charities programme pilot, starting in 2016.

The purpose of the programme is to develop the knowledge and financial capabilities of small charities. The programme aims to help them to inform their decision making, improving their resilience and increasing the difference they make in their communities. 

The programme will deliver affordable, relevant, useful financial training and free downloadable resources aimed at small charities in different locations across England and Wales.

CFG is partnering with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to bring you this programme.

Small Charities Finance Update e-bulletin

CFG's Small Charities Finance Update aims to keep you up-to-date with financial best practice and explores essential insight from finance professionals.

This bulletin is the best way to stay in touch with CFG and receive updates about training for small charities as the dates are announced over the next year. Please subscribe to the free e-bulletin, and pass it on to others who work and volunteer for small charities.

The bulletin is usually sent out on a quarterly basis.

Other resources and events for small charities

Upcoming events

CFG has a varied programme of events and training courses throughout the year to support you and your team - view our full calendar of events. If you have any booking enquiries or would like to know more about a CFG event, please email


  • Auto-Enrolment for small charities: what you need to know (.PDF) 
    Every employer with at least one member of staff must enrol those who are eligible into a workplace pension scheme, and contribute towards it. This is called auto-enrolment. CFG's guide provides case studies, practical information and sign-posting to enable to smaller organisations to better understand the pensions auto-enrolment process.
  • Making it Count Report (.PDF)
    This report explores what we mean by good financial management, and why it's so important in small charities.
  • Making the most of digital donations (PDF)
    This guide explains what charities should consider when choosing between online donation providers. It includes information on what online giving platforms are, how they work, and how to assess which one might be right for a charity’s needs.
  • Protecting Data, Protecting People: A guide for charities (PDF)
    Data protection can be a challenging area of law to negotiate. This guide explains each of the data protection principles and provides examples of the issues you should be considering when creating, reviewing or implementing a data protection policy.
  • Banking for Charities (PDF)
    Information for people who manage the financial affairs of a charity or voluntary organisation.

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