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Managing finances

Support for Charities


CASH-ONLINE provides financial advice for small charities. Their website has a lot of information and tips, including their 'Cash Facts' factsheets such as full cost recovery and NJC payscales, example policies, and a jargon buster of accountancy terminology.

Toolkits, Guides and Information Sheets

MANGO's Guide to Financial Management for NGOs

Mango's Guide - available online and on CD - provides practical advice and tools to everyone working with NGOs, to help them use their funds effectively to meet beneficiaries' needs. It covers everything from budgeting and accounting, to accountability and financial sustainability. 

Sayer Vincent 'Made Simple' guides

Sayer Vincent consultants and auditors have a range of finance and IT related 'Made Simple' guides on their website.

Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has a range of funding and finance related publications on their website, including their Accounting and Reporting publications such as SORP 2005 (Accounting and Reporting by Charities: Statement of Recommended Practice) which covers everything you will ever need to know about accounting and reporting.


Oxfam's step-by-step guide to basic accounting and financial management techniques Basic Accounting for Small Groups by John Cammack offers a guide in plain language for people who have no previous experience of accounting and book-keeping.

Cash Flows

Tearfund's 'Footsteps edition 57' has a good selection of articles related to financial management, including cash flows. (also available in French and Spanish)

Financial Strategy

Civicus 'Developing a Financial Strategy' publication, also available in French, is a good read

Financial Sustainability

The March 2009 issue of the Methodist Relief & Development Fund 'Strength to Strength' Capacity-building newsletter is a useful read on financial sustainability, and includes guidelines for writing funding bids. (also available in French and Spanish)

Full Cost Recovery

ACEVO's 'Is it time up for Full Cost Recovery' is an interesting read.

Financial management in emergencies

The Financial Management in Emergencies website's survival guide for humanitarian programme managers is a useful resource and definitely worth a good browse.