Functional Support

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Function specific (professional) support and development organisations for charities and other voluntary organisations.

Also see: general national bodies, issue-based support.

Finance, Legal and Admin

For Community Accountancy projects dotted around the country, see Accountancy Services page.

  • Association of Charity Independent Examiners. See our Charity Accounts page – this is for those who do, or want to, scrutinise smaller charity accounts to SORP requirements. The Gatehouse, White Cross, South Road, Lancaster, LA1 4XQ, phone 01524 348920, email:
  • Association of Insurance and Risk Managers (AIRMIC) have a special interest group (SIG) for the voluntary sector. Phone 020 7480 7610. The Institute of Risk Management also has a Charities SIG.
  • Charity Complaints Forum Aims to provide support and information for anyone managing complaints within the voluntary sector; and promote the use of complaints handling and information to improve service delivery. Contact Claire Wilson, email:
  • There was a Charities Facilities Management Special Interest Group of Upkeep, for those whose work in a voluntary organisation includes dealing with buildings. But info has disappeared from website.
  • Charity Finance Group. Monthly meetings in London, some regional presence; helplines for members on such things as IT and finance, accounting problems, VAT, charity law, investment. Membership from £90. 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH, phone 0845 345 3192, email: There is also a Scottish Charity Finance Group. Community Accounting Network has become a special interest group of CFG, but retains its own identity/website.
  • Charities HR Network. Meets six times a year in central London.
  • Charities Internal Audit Network. Membership (free) is for anyone working, or having an interest, in internal audit and internal control within charities. Email:
  • Charity Investors’ Group. Open to investing charities and charity sector investment managers – mainly concentrating on the big players. Focus is on exchange of views and information rather than lobbying.
  • Charities Responsible Investment Network, set up spring 2013 and managed by ShareAction,
  • Charity Law Association This is more for charity lawyers, but membership is open to any individual or organisation with an interest in charity law. Subscription from £45.
  • Charities Safety Group Self help and support network for people with health and safety responsibilities.
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply did have a Charity Sector Procurement Group as a Special Interest Group, but no longer any info on website.
  • Charity Tax Group Advice and lobbying on tax issues (including VAT, Gift Aid). Church House, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3AZ.
  • FM Charity Network Forum, for facilities managers etc. Website disappeared at spring 2016.
  • Honorary Treasurers Forum (was Charity Treasurers Forum). Set up to provide a source of information, research and knowledge for the treasurers of charities large and small.
  • ICAEW Talk Charity online forum from the chartered accountants body.
  • Institute for Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) no longer has information online about a Charity Secretaries Group – it was open to chartered secretaries and others taking on a company secretarial role in voluntary organisations. ICSA does however have plenty of relevant publications.
  • Lawyers in Charities (LinC), previously In-House Charity Lawyers Group, a special interest group of C&I Group.
  • PA to Chief Executives (PACE) Network or charity chief executive assistants. Information exchange, sharing of good practice, newsletters and networking sessions. Contact PACE co-ordinator Diane Bramson, email: , phone 07932 604731.
  • For support and resources for charity trustees, chairs, management committees etc. see Trustee and member resources.
  • Social value/SROI – see Information/Research below.


  • Association of Charitable Foundations Exists to promote and support the work of UK grant-making trusts and foundations, membership open to all such bodies and some administrative trustees. Web site has guidance notes available for both funders and applicants, and alphabetical list and web links (with basic info) to ACF members. Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0AE, phone 020 7255 4499, email:
  • Community Fundraisers’ Forum (started 2007) designed for fundraisers in smaller charities who are working by themselves and need a bit of support. Membership is £10 per year with four meetings a year, email: This may be the same as the IoF special interest group.
  • Institute of Fundraising Park Place, 12 Lawn Lane, London, SW8 1UD, phone 020 7840 1000, email: Has various national, regional and special interest groups.
  • Institute of Legacy Management promotes professional standards in legacy administration and provides consultancy, training and support services to its members.
  • London Funders is “open to all London-based local authorities, public, independent and corporate funders and to all charitable funders and investors in the capital’s voluntary and community sector”.

Information, Research, Impact

Communications and Campaigning



  • Charity Retail Association (was Association of Charity Shops). Brings together over 300 member charities which have about 7,000 charity shops between them. Aims to help member organisations through the sharing of information and representing their interests by lobbying and informing. Has developed kitemark scheme. 5th Floor, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0AE, phone 020 7255 4470.
  • Community Transport Promotes safe and efficient use of community and accessible transport.
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