Welcome....to our website
This Home-page summarises what we do, and the resources available.
Click on the page-titles below to go straight to the relevant web-page for more information
or scroll to the bottom for information on how to contact us.
How Small is "Small" ?
The majority - ie: more than half - of all charities in England & Wales have annual incomes of less than £21,500 (which is less than 2/3rds of the median annual income of employees in the UK !). So describing charities as "small" because they have annual incomes less than £1M (or even £250K) is - shall we say - "a bit silly". Small Charity Support identifies "small" charities" more pragmatically as:
"primarily run 'hands-on' by their un-paid non-accountant trustees and other volunteers in their spare time - usually with minimal or no paid professional administrative and/or financial support staff".
So if that describes your charity - read on ! This website is for you.
This web-page has a series of leaflet is intended to give you just a quick overview of the things that you will need to take into account in setting up a new small charity. It also offers some suggestions and guidance on completing the Charity Commission's on-line application form.
But note: they are NOT a professional opinion or a full and comprehensive guide to Charity Law and all the associated regulations.
A collection of pragmatic guidance leaflets on the responsibities of charity trustees:
♦ what the legal jargon means in practice;
♦ pragmatic suggestion & options for complying with those responsibilities;
♦ tips on where the major pitfall are and how to avoid them.
Managing the Money Made Easy
This webpage explains how "ordinary" volunteer Trustees, without any special financial expertise, can set up their small charity accounts to be easy and understandable to all. The webpage includes a free-to-download-and-use spreadsheet showing how those principles can be put into practice. It not only shows small charities how to manage their day-to-day financial records and internal management reporting but also to produce their end-of-year accounts ready to cut-and-paste straight into their Trustees' Annual Report & Accounts to the Charity Commission.
Every charity needs a collection of Polices & Procedures to guide its day-to-day activities & governance. But starting with a blank sheet of paper and “reinventing the wheel” can be a lengthy and tedious process. This collection of example policies - most of which have themselves been modified from the policies of others - simplifies the process a little by providing some ideas to get you going. Every charity is, of course, different. So you will therefore need to adapt them to suit your own particular needs and situation.
Creating a programme plan is often seen as just "red-tape bureaucracy" to "tick a box" and then sit forlornly on a shelf. Hence the old adage "Charities don't plan to fail ... They simply fail to plan".
Good planning doesn't just help a charity to achieve its objects more efficiently & effectively. Even more importantly it allows the charity to demonstrate its successes to its beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and the public (AND its donors & funders). Great for boosting morale and improving performance all round.
The charity sector is large and diverse. So Small Charity Support's resources won't be appropriate for all charities. This web-page provides links to other web-sites with other resources which might be more useful. They all have good reputations, but Small Charity Support hasn’t itself tested and verified everything which they have on offer. Similarly, the absence of a website from the list DOESN’T mean that it should be avoided.
This web-page contains a collection of more general "thoughts" ("blogs") provoked (and sometimes inspired) by some of the issues that Small Charity Support has helped other small charities deal with.
About Us - "We do what it says on the tin".
An overview of the various ways that Small Charity Support "does what it says on the tin" - ie: offers a friendly ear and some practical experience gained from 10+ years of providing pro bono support to help trustees, volunteers and staff of "small" charities through those "difficult patches" that inevitably crop up from time. Small Charity Support also produces numerous (more than 40 at the last count) free-to-download-and-use guidance leaflets covering many of the issues encountered by the trustees of small charities.
Small Charity Support is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation - 1161963
NOT one of Small Charity Support's usual resources.
Just a bit of fun. A spreadsheet to help charities (and other NfP organisations) which run Quiz Evenings as a social and/or fundraising activity.
Some recent unsolicited comments from people who have used Small Charity Support's resources
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