Good financial management ensures that charity trustees meet their legal duties to safeguard the charity’s assets. It enables staff and trustees to manage the charity’s finances and assets in a way that identifies and manages risk. Good financial management is vital to attracting funds and maximising a charity’s impact.
Below are some questions to prompt you in your organisation’s review focusing on your charity’s financial management:
- Are robust systems and procedures in place for internal financial control and the protection of funds in accordance with charity commission guidelines?
- Are financial planning and budgeting processes in place and communicated to Board and staff who will input into and review these processes?
- What financial planning and budgeting processes are in place and how are these agreed?
- How often are Management Accounts or cash flow forecasts prepared, what do they contain, who sees them and how are they acted upon?
- Is income adequate to allow realistic forward planning and investment?
- Is flexible planning and capacity in place to work within income variations?
- Is there an appropriate and realistic reserves policy?
- Are investment policies articulated, followed and reviewed regularly?
- How well presented are the latest set of annual accounts? What do they tell you about the health of the organisation?
- Is the organisation aware of SORP requirements?
- Is the organisation aware of and using full-cost recovery to ensure in-direct costs are met?
- Is there a suitable Fundraising and Administration as a percentage of Charitable Expenditure (FACE) ratio?
- Is there a clear audit report?
- Are budgets prepared and monitored by those responsible for spending or raising them?
- Are regular monthly reports on activity and variances on budget provided to budget holders in a format which facilitates effective management?
- How many cheque signatories are there (normally minimum of two) and who are they?
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