September 25, 2020

Where does the Charity Sector Go From Here? Sayer Vincent and DSC partner to host online Charity Accountants Conference 14th – 18th September 2020

Sayer Vincent, the award-winning firm of charity auditors and advisers in partnership with the Directory of Social Change (DSC) have announced today they are hosting their annual Charity Accountants’ Conference for finance professionals online, for the first time, as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

The conference, which opens on 14th September, is a must attend annual event for charity finance professionals looking to develop their skills and knowledge.

This year the big theme is: ‘Where does the charity sector go from here? with sessions focused on how charities can move from crisis to recovery and become more financially resilient.

The conference will run over five days, with three interactive sessions hosted daily examining key issues in charity finance, governance, and leadership. There will be presentations from keynote speakers, views from experts on the latest issues in finance, fundraising and governance, practical ‘made simple’ sessions on topics such as the SORP, charity VAT and reserves, as well as leadership sessions.

There are two keynote speakers this year. Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of the Directory of Social Change, (DSC) 2001 and co-founder and first Chair of the Small Charities Coalition, will open the conference on 14th with a keynote on where the sector can go from here and Nigel Davies, Head of Accountancy Services at the Charity Commission will present his keynote on the last day of the conference and share insights from the Charity Commission.

Jonathan Orchard, Partner at Sayer Vincent said, “This has been an unprecedented year for all of us, and charities have been significantly affected financially by the coronavirus crisis and the increased pressure and demand for their services.

Our conference will consider solutions and ways in which organisations can move forward and emerge stronger and more resilient. We will hear from great keynote speakers and during the week, we will explore a wide range of issues from charity tax through to managing financial challenges, fundraising, the latest legal issues, leadership, and good governance. We look forward to welcoming charity finance professionals from across the UK.”

During the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to network with others at the Charity Accountants’ Online Cafe between 15.00 and 16.00 each day. They can also attend the online Comedy Night on the evening of Thursday 17 September.

Charities who book before 3rd August can take advantage of an early bird rate for charities of £99 for the week.

The sessions will be delivered by Zoom and will be recorded so they can be watched again.

For the full conference programme and to book your place, go to: https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/charity-accountants-conference-2020/