Small charity online resources

Online resources for small charities & community groups. This is meant as a guide for people who are new to the sector. Most of the organisations provide more services than those listed here. Take a look at their websites.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Publish a number of blogs, run conferences, training events and Knowhow Non-profit (e-learning). Also runs Funding Central where you can identify and research funding.

NCVO is free for groups with annual turnovers below £30K and Funding Central is free for organisations with turnovers below £100K.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Banking, fundraising services, research and campaigning on behalf of charities. Many small charities use their banking services.

Small Charities Coalition (SCC)

Skills, tools and information for small charities. Services include help recruiting and supporting trustees. Training events include fundraising.

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)

The national membership organisation for local infrastructure. Maintains a list of local Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and similar organisations and details of how to contact them.

Directory of Social Change (DSC)

Free resources on best-practice. Run a number of fundraising websites covering trust, government, company and individual giving. Also run training and events, notably the annual Charity Fair.

Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)

Membership body for charity Chief Executive/Directors. Resources focused on leadership and workforce development.

Volunteer Centres

Volunteers Centres can help small charities and community groups work with volunteers, help recruit and provide best practice advice. This NCVO page will help you locate your local Volunteer Centre.

Institue of Fundraising

Membership body for fundraisers also provides training in fundraising for groups. Lists fundraisers working with small charities and community organisations.

Association of Charity Independent Examiners

Information and guidance. In London CASH provides competitively-priced independent examinations. See our Accountancy Services.

Social Enterprise UK

Resources for social enterprises. Campaigns to increase the awareness of social enterprises and provides practical tools.

Volresource

A directory of resources for charities and community groups. Has an A-Z index of organisations.

Charity Finance Group (CFG)

Membership body for charity finance managers, providing publications, training and events. Runs the Community Accountancy Special Interest Group through which you can locate community accountancy in your area.

The Foundation for Social Improvement

This charity provides a range of resources to improve small charity/non-profits skills, including factsheets, training events and webinars. It’s free to become a member for groups with a turnover below £1.5m, and you then pay a low fee for webinars, events etc.

Guardian Voluntary Sector Network (publication)

For third sector professionals and volunteers. Covers practice, policy and leadership.

Third Sector Magazine (publication)

Magazine for the voluntary sector. The paper-based version published monthly.

Unity Trust Bank (company)

A bank that heavily invests in community and social projects. Used by many charities and social enterprises.

The Phone Co-op (company)

Phone, broadband and mobile provider. A number of charities and community groups use them because of their ethical business practices.

Co-operatives UK

Membership body for people working in or interested in forming a co-op. Includes practical advice and tools.

Mango

They are an NGO which helps strengthen the financial management and accountability of other NGOs around the world. Mango has a free Excel-based accounting pack for use by NGOs (there are limitations on using Excel for more complex tasks, but people who like Excel may find this useful).

Kensington & Chelsea Social Council

The local infrastructure organisation for Kensington & Chelsea. Networking, training, publications amongst other things. Has information on the Grenfell fire tragedy.

Westway Trust

The charity responsible for the development of the land under the Westway in North Kensington. Provides small grants, runs arts festivals and provides some community development resources including office space.

Migrants Organise (Kensington & Chelsea)

A range of services as well as advocacy for migrants and refugees. Training, mentoring and campaigning.

Sobus

The local infrastructure organisation for Hammersmith & Fulham formed through the merger of previous infrastructure organisations. Networking, training, publications and office space amongst other things.

Evelyn Oldfield Unit (EOU)

EOU works specifically to meet the needs of Black, Asian, minority, ethnic, and refugee (BAMER) communities. Research, capacity building and financial management training for small organisations.

The Charity Commission

The governing body for charities. How to set-up a charity, submit annual returns and other information (much of this can now be done online).

On its website the Charity Commision has a comprehensive list of guides with a focus on the legal responsibilities of charities.

Office of the regulator of Community Interest Companies (CIC)

The regulator of CICs, also have guides to forming CICs and other information.

Companies House

The regulatory body for companies. Has information on forming a company and what’s required to run one. You can submit the required returns for charitable companies online.

HM Revenue & Customs

You need to register with them if you’re an employer and ensure that tax and national insurance is paid. Information is mostly submitted online.

Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

Employment advice, support and information.

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