money

SEPA (Single European Payments Act) - Q&A

On 17 June, 2013 The Wheel held a webinar (online seminar) for members of The Wheel on the subject of SEPA, which stands for the Single European Payments Act.

Financial Reporting by Charities

“It is most likely that this will require charities to disclose some additional information in relation to their charitable activities and their finances." 

Financial Reporting Standards for Charities – Current Requirements (June 2016)

All registered charities are required to complete an annual return to the CRA, by 10 months a

Management

Fundraising

Aim to build long term relationships with your funders

It is vital that your organisation approaches fundraising in a strategic way, with proper planning, implementation and evaluation.

Information and Copyright

Poor systems will lead to organisational inefficiency

Information

It is imperative that you establish systems for the proper administration and management of information. Organisations are bombarded with vast volumes of information daily, received by post, telephone, text, email, fax, etc. Poor systems will lead to organisational inefficiency. For example, how do you ensure that information is passed round all relevant people? How do you keep track of your library resources?

Premises and Equipment

Make sure you have an assets register listing details of all your capital assets and dates of purchase and disposal

Unless your group is very small and operates from the homes of individuals, you will have some sort of premises, however basic. You are also likely to have furniture and equipment, and possibly vehicles and stock. The sourcing, security and maintenance of these is your responsibility.

Money and Assets

This section provides practical advice on how to effectively manage your organisation's money and assets, ranging from your office equipme

Monitoring Results

You may need to make further cuts as a result or make other changes in your operations...

There is no point in planning your budget and in gathering the information if you do not use it. You should keep simple spreadsheets of actual expenditure and income and actual cash flow if you do not have a bookkeeper/accountant do this for you. Have a review each month of your own numbers, even if you have an accountant to prepare quarterly management accounts only. Keep a very close eye on the cash balance, but also on the numbers generally – are they up or down on expectations in the budget – why?

Guidelines on Reserves Policies for Charities (March 2016)

Income needs to be spent promptly in line with prudent management of the finances.  

Finance

 Good financial management will keep your organisation efficient and effective...

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