Introduction

Helping you help others

Third sector organisations have never had their services in greater demand, and when your core mission is to create social value, accounting isn’t always top of your to-do list!

Whether you are involved with a charity, Community Interest Company (CIC), or other not-for-profit organisation, you exist to help others and at Albert Goodman, we want to help you do this. Charity accounting can be complex at the best of times, and we understand that many people who run charities are not accountants. Our team of charity and not-for-profit specialists will help guide you through the sometimes overwhelming maze of governance, compliance, and accounting regulation, allowing you to focus on running your organisation.

Passion for the sector and the cause is the reason that many people get involved, and we are no different. Headed up by Michelle Ferris, a recognised expert in the sector, our charity and not-for-profit team have a passion for what they do, and this, combined with years of experience of a wide range of organisations, comes through in the advice and service that we provide all our clients.

Why use charity specialist accountants?

The charity and social enterprise sectors are rapidly changing landscapes bound by more regulatory and compliance requirements than most. It is incredibly easy to fall foul of these requirements, and funders and the regulators are increasingly focused on compliance, as “public trust” underpins the value of the sector. We fully understand the balance between the complex and regulatory accounting needs of your organisation and your need to ensure your sustainability, without changing your ethos or values.

Our team takes pride in their ability to provide you with a service that not only ensures that you stay “the right side of the line” but also helps your charity grow and develop. Many of our team are themselves, Trustees, meaning that they understand the importance of jargon-free, forward-thinking communication and support. For many of our clients, we are a “trusted friend”, providing not just statutory services but also governance advice, reviews of systems and processes, and acting as a sounding board for your management and trustees. Developed from your requirements, our specialist services include:

  • Statutory accounts preparation compliant with Charities Act, Charities SORP and other applicable legislation.
  • Audit and independent examination
  • Systems and governance reviews to ensure that you are doing things in the most efficient way you can, to free up time for you to help your beneficiaries.
  • Setting up a new organisation considering regulatory, taxation, and governance issues
  • Charity taxation, including VAT, maximising income through gift aid and charitable trading
  • Core cost recovery to help you gain the most from your grants and contracts.
  • Management reporting including board and grant reporting

If your think your charity or not-for-profit organisation would benefit from our support, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Meet the experts

You'll find our team dotted across the South West, experts in everything from tax to technology. We build long-lasting relationships with our clients, drawing on our insights and experience.

You'll find our team dotted across the South West, experts in everything from tax to technology. We build long-lasting relationships with our clients, drawing on our insights and experience.

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