Newly launched partnership will support over 250 heritage organisations in developing financial skills and knowledge

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Following the successful launch of its partnership with the Association of Independent Museums (AIM), Charity Finance Group (CFG) has a second collaboration with the heritage sector, this time with the Heritage Trust Network (HTN).

Launched today, this new partnership brings over 250 members of the Heritage Trust Network across the UK into the Charity Finance Group network, supporting each and every member organisation to demonstrate their impact and strengthen their strategic financial management. Charity Finance Group has 1,400 charities and non-profit organisations in membership, with a total network of over 3,000 charity finance professionals.

Broadening third sector engagement with built heritage, from business hubs to community pubs, and museums to sports facilities, highlights the need for effective financial management and governance in successful business planning and sustainability. These charities and social enterprises deliver vital regeneration, social inclusion and community cohesion.

Within an increasingly challenging funding environment, effective financial management is vital to delivering well-informed business decisions. This partnership will enable HTN members to access knowledge from CFG’s established network of charities and corporate members, supporting members on the journey towards improving their financial management and governance. At the same time, HTN members will share their diverse experiences with the rest of the charity sector, to provide key learning for others.

Liz Bates, Chair of Heritage Trust Network, said: “Our members across the UK, as a grass-roots community, deliver an incredible range of regeneration projects giving heritage at risk new lease of life. Ranging from national organisations to start-up community groups, members will enjoy new training opportunities in to make every penny go further and provide greater certainty for the management of assets in years to come.”

Announcing the partnership, Caron Bradshaw, chief executive of Charity Finance Group said: “We are delighted to welcome Heritage Trust Network members to the CFG community. Heritage organisations are not a ‘nice to have’ – they are essential in developing a sense of identity for both the UK its citizens. This partnership will help the network’s members and their trustees to promote financial leadership and make decisions with the very best information to hand.”

Notes to editors

Heritage Trust Network members can now access the following CFG member benefits:

  • Discounts: access to member rate for events and training

  • News: charity finance news and updates in a monthly email

  • Events: speaking opportunities at CFG events

  • Branding: co-branding on relevant briefings and publications

  • Voice: collaboration on relevant key policy areas

Charity Finance Group

Charity Finance Group (CFG) is the charity that inspires a financially confident, dynamic and trustworthy charity sector. We do this by championing best practice, nurturing leadership and influencing policy makers. Our 1,400 member charities turn to us to develop their finance management knowledge and skills. Collectively, these charities manage £22bn of funds – that represents around a third of the entire charity sector’s income.

Heritage Trust Network

Heritage Trust Network (HTN) is the membership network empowering charities and not-for-profits to save heritage at risk across the UK.

Originally founded in 1989 as the Association of Building Preservation Trusts (UKAPT), the Heritage Trust Network took on a broader remit and a new name in 2016. The Heritage Trust Network provides an invaluable platform for members by way of peer-to-peer support, knowledge sharing and skills development, HTN guidance helps groups throughout the lifetime of their project from start up to post completion. As importantly, HTN gives this extraordinary grassroots movement a united voice, representing their views to government and funding bodies.

For further information or interviews, please contact:

Vicki Cox, Heritage Trust Network: vicki.cox@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk, or call  0121 233 9283 or 07469 809355

Kate Bines, Charity Finance Group: kate.bines@cfg.org.uk, or call 020 7871 5474 or 07739 031992