September 26, 2021

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Charity Accountants Conference to help charity finance professionals go ‘Beyond Finance’ Sayer Vincent and DSC partner to host 30th annual Charity Accountants Conference online 22nd -23rd September 2021

Sayer Vincent, the award-winning firm of charity auditors and advisers in partnership with the Directory of Social Change (DSC) is hosting its 30th annual conference for finance professionals online on 23th and 24th September.

The main theme this year is ‘Beyond Finance’ and sessions will cover key topics linked to broader issues of sustainability and building charities fit for the future.

The keynote speeches and panel discussions and plenaries cover key topics such as:

  • Building a charity sector fit for the future
  • What does a sustainable charity sector look like?
  • Talking comfortably about race
  • Charity reserves – for spending or saving?

Caron Bradshaw OBE and CEO of the Charity Finance Group will open the conference with a keynote on how to build a charity sector fit for the future.

Throughout the conference, a range of interactive sessions will be held focused on key issues in charity finance, governance, and leadership.

These include practical ‘made simple’ sessions on the SORP, charity VAT and Gift Aid; as well as sessions on sustainable investing, cyber security, mergers and collaboration, reporting sustainability, running a digital AGM, and also personal development sessions on wellbeing and mastering your inbox.

There will also be two panel discussions, with panellists including Dame Sara Llewellin, CEO at Barrow Cadbury Trust and Farrah Kitabi, Trustee at Young Lives Versus Cancer, on what sustainability looks like in the sector and getting more comfortable talking about race in the workplace.

Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of the Directory of Social Change, (DSC) and Jonathan Orchard, Partner at Sayer Vincent will run the final session on day two, ‘Charity reserves – for saving or spending?’ where they will discuss the challenge of balancing the obligation to spend funds on charitable work with the drive for resilience.

Jonathan Orchard, Partner at Sayer Vincent said, “Many charities have shown incredible resilience in just how well they have dealt with the pandemic. As we move forward, finance professionals need to go beyond finance and plan strategically for the future, consider how to be more sustainable and future proof their finances, as well as deal with the implications of Brexit.

“This conference will consider innovative and practical ways charities can do this, as well as guidance on personal development and strategy topics, together with important finance updates.

“Attendees will get valuable guidance and tips for safeguarding the future of their organisation, hear from top speakers about their experiences, and network and learn from their peers. We look forward to welcoming charity finance professionals from across the UK.”

The two-day conference costs £99 for charities. Sayer Vincent’s clients receive a 25% discount.  The sessions will be delivered by Zoom and will be recorded so they can be watched again.

For the full conference programme and to book your place, go to: https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/the-charity-accountants-online-conference/