Charities

GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE CASH GRANTS FOR FRONTLINE CHARITIES

 

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, tens of thousands of charities will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus as well as continuing their day-to-day activities supporting those in need.

 

Highlights:

•     £750 million available for frontline charities across the UK – including hospices and those supporting domestic abuse victims

•     £360 million direct from government departments and £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund

•     government will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser later this month – pledging a minimum of £20 million


COVID-19 control measures and financial reporting by charities

The SORP-making body has published guidance for trustees and preparers of charity accounts looking at the potential impact of the control measures to contain COVID-19 on financial reporting by charities. The guidance considers the implications for the trustees’ annual report, going concern and the alternative basis to going concern when preparing accounts under the SORP:

Implications of COVID-19 control measures and charity financial reporting: PDF | Microsoft Word

Trustees may also find the FRC’s guidance to company Directors helpful when looking at their assessment of going concern: https://www.frc.org.uk/news/april-2016/guidance-on-the-going-concern-basis-of-accounting

Charities Forum at St Francis Church

The Charities Forum is a Free Event aimed at Charities, its educational, informative and collaborative. Organised by Bournemouth Chamber, Community Action Network and St Francis Church the next events are 

  • Thursday 18th June 4.30pm - How to access funding from the BCP Lottery
  • Thursday 12th Sept (afternoon) - Matching Businesses to Charities and finding ways to work together (last year over 100 businesses and Charities attended)
  • Thursday 26th Nov 4.30pm - Social Media for Charities

Charity Accounts and Independent Examination

We prepare Charity Accounts and act as Independent Charity Examiners.

The trustees will usually be able to choose an independent examination instead of an audit if the charity's gross income is:

  • more than £25,000, but not more than £1 million , provided that
  • if its gross income is more than £250,000, its gross assets (fixed assets plus current assets) are £3.26 million or less

Since 2015 charities with an income over £250,000 must use an examiner from a body listed in Appendix 5 of CC32, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is listed.

We hold a full practising certificate from CIMA.

We are also Affiliate members of the ACIE (Association of Charity Independent Examiners) and members of the ACAT (Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers).

Our Clients include a Sports Charity accredited to British Gymnastics and we have also acted for a Veterans Charity which developed and operates 44 flats, community hub and training facilities.