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Charities

Creating social value

We understand what sets charitable organisations apart – creating social value, not profit. BDO's national charity team has a comprehensive knowledge of charity finance, which is why many of the larger UK registered charities have come to us. Like our clients, we recognise the importance of personal service delivered by charity specialists.

We are advisers to a wide range of charities and social enterprises including those involved in the arts, health, research, philanthropy, social welfare, education, conservation, citizenship, as well as faith-based and international development activities. Through our international network BDO International we can service our clients’ needs globally. Our services include:

  • Audit and charity accountancy
  • Tax planning and compliance
  • Strategic planning and advice
  • Governance and risk management
  • Internal audit
  • Fundraising and charity retail
  • Gift aid advice
  • HR, payroll and employee benefits
  • IT
  • Fraud investigation
  • Due diligence / charity mergers
  • Benchmarking
  • Training for staff and trustees

We know that we will only sustain our leading position in the charity sector if we continue to be actively involved in it, giving us the ability to lead our clients through changes affecting their organisations. Charities are special – at BDO we understand this. We understand the unique issues from your perspective which allows us to give practical advice. We are committed to helping charities and Not for Profit organisations excel at what they do best – helping others.

We are members of key sector and professional groups. In this way we are able to understand and contribute to the research and development of issues affecting our clients, and our pragmatic approach ensures that we see the wider picture, not just the technicalities. Our Partners are consulted at a national level on a variety of issues from strategy and policy to compliance and regulatory control. This means that not only are our specialists very familiar with the requirements of the Charities Act and the Charities SORP, they also have day to day knowledge of the issues currently faced by charities in today’s economic environment. We have been working closely with our clients with the transition to FRS 102, the Social Value Act, the development of social enterprise, the changing stance of the Charity Commission on public benefit, and the increasingly interventionist approach taken by HMRC.

Where we agree that a client has a specific need in that we can help with, we offer bespoke training sessions. These range from technical accounting to governance and risk management to more commercial topics as well as trustee training.

By working with our clients, we look to solve their problems and anticipate those that may lie ahead.