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Competition for funding key concern for UK charities
Karen Spears

05 April 2018

Increased competition for funding continues to be a major challenge for charities, highlighting pressure on cashflow and future services which could hit those most in need across the UK. The statistics, taken from RSM’s Funding and Functionality report, highlighted that over half of the respondents (60 per cent) view the competition for funding as a significant challenge for the sector; followed by a quarter stating that the stricter application of criteria when applying for funds as a key barrier.

Funding and functionality: the ongoing challenges of charity finance
Karen Spears

08 March 2018

The majority of charities have managed to come through a tough decade, if not unscathed, certainly unbowed but the potential hurdles they face over the next one are lining up. These include data protection rules, increased regulation of fundraising, renewed focus on governance standards and Brexit, to name but a few.

Are your clients incurring unnecessary costs?
Karen Spears

31 August 2017

With the ever changing environment there is continued pressure on organisations to reduce costs, improve efficiency and ensure that funds are being utilised in accordance with the organisation’s objectives.

What does the new special administration regime mean for the social housing sector?
Karen Spears

22 May 2017

Although the specific provisions are not yet enacted, the Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduces a new special administration regime for the social housing sector. The new regime enables the courts to appoint an insolvency practitioner if a registered provider becomes insolvent.

Charity watch

12 April 2016

This edition of charity watch focuses on a charity’s reserves, the impact of FRS 102 on defined benefit schemes and the effect that both of these can have on a charity’s financial position.

Reserves - getting the balance right

12 April 2016

2015 proved to be a tough year for the sector as a number of high profiles charities folded due to not following their own reserves policy, we look at getting the balance right.

Restructuring services for charities

13 January 2016

Charities, educational establishments and other not for profit organisations, like commercial business, must focus on robust cash and asset management so that they can meet their strategic aims.

The state of charities
Karen Spears

01 July 2015

RSM has recently published the results of our survey 'the current and future state of charities 2015 – spring into action'.

Karen Spears

Director, Restructuring Advisory

Karen has specialised in restructuring for over 20 years, focusing in particular in corporate insolvency, not for profit advisory and solvent liquidations and reorganisations.

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