What’s a Charitable Incorporated Organisation?

Once a month, I spend an afternoon with the lovely people at Voluntary Action North Somerset, providing a free advice ‘clinic’ to local charities and voluntary organisations. One of the questions that has come up several times is ‘What is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation?’. So here’s a quick overview of what this new legal structure is and what it means for anyone thinking about setting up a charity. Continue reading

Sockmonkey supports local charities

It is my firm view that companies should operate ethically and that they should seek to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they operate. Running my own consultancy practice gives me the opportunity to put these convictions into action. One way in which I do this is through my commitment to donate 10% of the company’s pre-tax profits to support local charities. Continue reading

Time to be open about costs

Organisations in the not-for-profit sector, just like their private sector counterparts, require time, effort and resources if they are to be managed effectively. But there is increasing criticism from some quarters of the level of management and administration costs that these organisations incur. Charities and other not-for-profits need to be more confident in explaining their costs and in making the case for good management. Continue reading