Accountants want to volunteer

Strong interest among ICAEW members in offering professional help to the sector

The number of accountants who want to volunteer for charities is increasing rapidly, according to Anne Davis, head of charities and the voluntary sector at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales.

Davis said the institute had recently introduced a number of services to help accountants volunteer, but it needed more support from charities to make its services effective.

"Over the past few years, the number of accountants in our charities special interest group has grown almost fourfold to around 3,400," she said. "There's a growing interest in the sector."

She said that the institute had introduced new services, including allowing charities to post volunteer positions for free on its jobs board, developing a forum for charities to ask questions and holding conferences to help accountants volunteer. She said the next "volunteering in retirement event", on 26 October, has attracted "huge interest" from accountants.

"There's a shortage of finance professionals on charity boards, but at the same time, many accountants are keen to do more," said Davis.

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