Charities & Social Businesses

We help charities and social businesses by providing advice, support and reassurance that all the financial aspects are well-managed, allowing you to focus on your important work.

We work closely with charities and understand how each of these complex entities are very different and therefore have very different needs.

As charity specialists, we are able to give advice that is based on understanding the complexities of the requirements on charities, and tailor our advice to the needs of each organisation.

Who we help:

  • Associations
  • Arts & Cultural organisations
  • Foundations
  • International charities
  • Social Business
  • Student Unions

By keeping up to date with the ever-changing, ever-demanding requirements in the sector, we are able to keep our advice cost-effective by having solutions at our fingertips. Our online accounting system also keeps time and paperwork down to a minimum.

We also regularly blog on issues affecting the sector. We pride ourselves on our accessibility, and the level of attention and personal service our clients get.

We have greatly enjoyed working with Goodman Jones over the last few years – they have a freshness of approach and fully understand our raison d’etre. The Trust now works with nearly 900 state secondary schools from across the UK, working with tens of thousands of young people and their teachers each year; the new accounting system provides effective and efficient support to our operating model and allows us to focus on our frontline activity."

Amy Leonard, Chief Executive

What we really valued by the Goodman Jones was approach was the way you challenged us but did so in a way that was respectful of the way we work.   I am very impressed with the customer experience.

Goodman Jones must be a large organisation but the way you’ve interacted with us has always felt very personalised to us.  Certainly doesn’t feel faceless. 

The level of communication, responsiveness and the sheer time you’ve invested in us to understand, challenge and support has been great. 

I would recommend Goodman Jones 100%.

 - Michael Wigg, CEO, University of Westminster CEO

How we’ve helped:

  • We helped a national charity design and implement a new accounting system.
  • We worked with a theatrical production charity to help them develop their accounting system which now provides analysis of designated and restricted funds in their management accounting.
  • We have assisted a national charity in releasing restricted fund balances for use on future charitable activities.
  • Advised on accounting treatment in relation to new contracts.
  • Advised an international charity on its transition from a limited company to a registered charity.
  • Helped a charity review its processes, systems and skills which lead to the identification of the need for new skills within the finance team. We then also assisted with the role specification and recruitment.
  • Helped a charity assess its skills requirement for its finance function. We then devised a job description, managed the interview and selection process and advised on the appointment.
  • We advised a a charity on overseas grant-making in relation to risk management.
  • We advised a religious charity on the VAT implications of their property development projects and identified VAT savings.
  • We advised a student union on the VAT implications of a new capital expenditure project.
  • We have helped several charities to present their accounts in order that they have value for the wider stakeholders.
  • We identified that a charity was eligible for the Small Gift Aid relief that had not been claimed.
  • We worked with a membership based organisation to identify the benefits of Gift Aid on subscriptions.
  • We advised a student union on the distinction between trading and non-trading income from facility and the benefits to the charity.
  • Helped several of our arts charities to claim Theatre Tax Relief
  • We recently advised a charity and made recommended various disclosures in the Trustees’ Report explaining the position.
  • We have designed and commenced a rolling quarterly training programme for a large charity that ensures that during the course of a year all trustees receive training on trustees’ responsibilities, finance, risk management, and governance matters.
  • We provided a report on financial systems and controls for the Chair of Trustees.
 
 
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