Our Governance and Charity Advice Service offers information and practical help about good governance for charities on a wide range of topics listed below. You can find out more about governance issues on our Governance and Charity Advice webpage or view our Governance Advice Notes for further support.

Charity banking challenges

16 Dec 2022Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceFinance, Governance

Some charities have experienced issues with either opening a bank account for their charity or maintaining their bank account.  We have been passing these issues on to the banks on your behalf via the Community Banking Project.

Highlights from 2022 from Organisational Development Team

13 Dec 2022Sandra Bailie Training and Skills Developmentorganisational development, Governance, Fundraising, Training

The Organisational Development Team has enjoyed serving our members and working with the wider sector in 2022. From the day to day information, advice, support and training to special initiatives we have adapted and developed to meet your needs.

The independent examination of charity accounts - what is it and what to look for in an Independent Examiner

8 Nov 2022Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceFinance, Governance

Charity trustees have a responsibility to ensure that the Independent Examiner they appoint has the required skills and experience to carry out an independent examination of their charity.

The role of the treasurer and preparing an annual budget

8 Nov 2022Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceFinance, Governance

This tutorial video will help you to understand the key duties of the treasurer and their role on the board. It also outlines how to prepare an annual budget.

Trustees Week 2022

4 Nov 2022Denise Copeland Developing Governance Group, Governance and Charity Advice, Charity RegulationGovernance, Charity commission

Trustees' Week takes place in the second week of November this year.  It is a time to recognise and value the work that thousands of trustees contribute to charities large and small. 

Supporting our sector through the cost-of-living crisis

24 Oct 2022Sandra Bailie FundraisingGovernance, cost of living crisis, Fundraising, Lobbying, Policy and Public Affairs

In the midst of the cost-of-living crisis our communities need our sector more than ever before. However, voluntary and community organisations are facing unprecedented challenges. This article outlines the support that NICVA provides.

Good governance and charity regulation update seminars

12 Oct 2022Denise Copeland Developing Governance Group, Charity Regulation, Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Charity Regulation

The Developing Governance Group in association with the Charity Commission would like to invite you to free seminars focusing on governance and an update on charity regulation. 

DIY committee guide, revamped and launched

21 Sep 2022Denise Copeland Developing Governance GroupGovernance

The revamped DIY committee guide website was launched at a special seminar on 20 September by the Developing Governance Group.

HMRC’s Trust Register

2 Aug 2022Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceFinance, Governance, regulation

Some unincorporated not for profit organisations which have assets held in trust may be required to register their Trusts with HMRC's Trust Registration Service.  The deadline is 1 September 2022.

Training for Autumn 2022

20 Jun 2022Sandra Bailie Training and Skills DevelopmentTraining, Governance, HR

We have a wide range of training planned for our Autumn term in NICVA, from accredited training to webinars on topics such as: Leadership, Coaching, Governance, Training and Human Resources.