share magazine issue 29: extra content

By Alexandra Khan | 12 January 2015

In issue 29 of Share magazine, Kevin and Steve refered to several blog posts and briefing papers. You'll find full links to each of these below.

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trustee requirement to consider going concern

By Stephen Mathews | 12 December 2014

Going concern is a fundamental assumption underpinning financial reporting.  When applied to charities, it means in general terms that the trustees expect the charity to continue operating as normal for the foreseeable future, able to meet its obligations as they fall due, and that they have no plans to close the charity or to significantly curtail its operations.

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What image does your church give?

By Stephen Matthews | 28 September 2013

We are all aware of the scrutiny that charities in general including churches are coming under from many sectors of society. Whether a general perception that the church is simply “after your money”, to an increasingly cynical media reporting stories that embarrass churches and their leaders, both the substance of what we do as churches and the image that we portray continues to be important for the reputation of church and Kingdom.

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Financial fraud in the church - it would never happen here

By Stephen Matthews | 28 September 2013

We want to believe that the relationships and trust that are central tenants of church life mean that financial fraud would never take place. Sadly, and often all too late, we can come to realise that this is not always the case.

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Did you know...? We've got a special mortgage service.

By Kevin Russell | 6 August 2013

Did you know that Stewardship is very experienced in providing mortgage finance for church and Christian charity building projects? Because of our knowledge and experience of the Christian charity sector, we are often willing to lend where other financial institutions are less willing or will decline applications.

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A new charity accounting standard is on the horizon

By Kevin Russell | 6 August 2013 | Comments (3)

Readers familiar with charity accounting will know that the format and content of a charity’s accounts is determined by law, and by the ‘Charities SORP’ (or, Statement of Recommended Practice) published by the Charity Commission.

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charitygiving - financial stability and fundraising platforms

By Kevin Russell | 6 August 2013

Readers may have read of the sudden suspension of the charity fundraising website charitygiving.co.uk on 12 July 2013, by the Charity Commission. 

Dove Trust, the charity behind the website, has been under investigation by The Charity Commission for a while. The Commission had become concerned over poor financial management of their web portal.

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R68i Gift Aid claim forms - the end is nigh!

By Kevin Russell | 2 August 2013 | Comments (7)

The method for claiming Gift Aid has changed and despite lobbying by Stewardship and other charities, the transitional period for continuing to claim using the old R68i claims form is still expected to finish on 30th September 2013.

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Gift Aid claims to move to online processing

By Kevin Russell | 11 December 2012

In a move described by some as the biggest change to Gift Aid since it was introduced, HMRC have announced that they will move the Gift Aid claim process to an online system with effect from April 2013. The existing claim Form R68i will be withdrawn.

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Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme - how Stewardship have helped

By Kevin Russell | 28 November 2012 | Comments (6)

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, which will be introduced from April 2013, is very nearly law. The Scheme will allow a new ‘Gift Aid style top up payment’ from the Government on cash donations (such as church collections and bucket collections) but without the need to obtain a Gift Aid Declaration from the donor.

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