Charity and not-for-profit

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Combining national expertise with a tailored local service

Our priority is to provide our charity and not-for-profit clients with the necessary technical support they require to meet their financial and administrative challenges

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Charity and not-for-profit accountants

Our charity team in Kent, based in our Sittingbourne office, and headed by Allan Hickie have specialist knowledge of this diverse sector, derived from many years’ experience of dealing with the various financial aspects related to the sector.

Our charity accounting experience

We act as auditors and advisors to charities and other not for profit entities of varying sizes, from small local charities to complex organisations with over £40m annual income. Our not-for-profit team acts for a diverse range of clients including:

  • academies and other educational charities such as independent schools;
  • animal welfare;
  • City of London livery companies;
  • clubs and member associations, including Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs);
  • disability charities;
  • grant-giving trusts and foundations;
  • housing associations;
  • leisure and culture;
  • medical/healthcare; and
  • religious organisations, including Parochial Church Councils.

We understand the issues and regulations that charities face and have in-depth experience and knowledge to help deal with this. We act as auditors and independent examiners to many of our charity clients, and provide assistance with compliance matters, including the preparation of accounts and trustees’ reports that comply with the Charities Act and Charities SORP.

If you are thinking about establishing a charity we can help you decide which structure is the most appropriate for your needs, and talk you through the various options such as a simple charitable trust, company limited by guarantee, community interest company (CIC) or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO). We can assist you with your application to obtain charitable status, or help with you any future restructuring.

Our experience also includes helping charities and other not-for-profit entities in Kent deal with the financial aspects of running their organisations, from advising on the use of trading subsidiaries to advising on the VAT position on property and fundraising ventures. Our specialists are committed to providing comprehensive charity audit and accounting services which tackle these and many other issues to help you maintain a financially sound organisation which is focused on meeting the core objectives of your charity.

Accountants and auditors to the charity sector

Our Kent offices provides audit and assurance services to over 50 charities. Nationally UHY act for over 300 registered charities and numerous exempt charities such as academy schools, universities, sixth form colleges, and industrial and provident societies.

Our full range of accountancy services to Kent-based charities include:

Accounting and assurance

  • external audit;
  • internal audit;
  • preparation of accounts in compliance with Charities SORP; and
  • audits for grant and funding applications.

Tax and VAT

  • corporation tax and tax status – including the impact of trading activities on charitable status, and the use of trading subsidiaries
  • VAT advice, compliance and planning;
  • gift aid advice;

Governance and strategy

  • strategic/business planning;
  • trustee training;
  • governance reviews and best practice; and
  • advising on mergers.

If you would like to discuss the services that we can provide to your Kent charity or not-for-profit organisation, please contact one of our sector specialists.

Our charity sector blog

Our Kent charity specialists are, along with our national team, committed to keeping our clients informed and up-to-date with the latest developments and ideas in the sector. We have a long-established charities sector blog which covers the latest issues, including any announcements from the Charity Commission, and explains how these issues could affect you. To see what our experts have to say about the latest news and developments in the charity and not-for-profit sector, view our charity blog.

If you would like to receive a regular summary of our recent blog posts, please email our marketing team at

Charity Outlook

Each year our charity specialists produce our Charity and Not-for-profit Outlook. This well received publication contains predictions for the year ahead plus tips and advice from our specialist charity and not-for-profit team and guest contributors.

Download our latest Charity Outlook here.

The next step

We have a national team of charity and not-for-profit specialists which means we have the knowledge and experience to help you wherever your charity is based. You can read more about the charity and not-for-profit services that we provide here. Alternatively, please contact a specialist at your nearest location to discuss your specific requirements, or complete the contact form.