A free service to connect accountants who want to volunteer with charities that need help from financial experts has been launched by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association.
A website, icaewvolunteers.com, allows not-for-profit organisations, including charities, social enterprises and schools, to post an unlimited number of roles for free.
Volunteers will also be able to post profiles for charities to view. The website is free for anyone to use.
Nick Brooks, chair of the ICAEW’s charity and voluntary sector group and head of not-for-profit at accountancy firm Kingston Smith, said that accountants working in the sector repeatedly encountered charitable organisations that struggled to find people with skills in business and finance, and that a way was needed to unite the two groups.
"The driving force behind the website came from a desire to help charities find volunteers with the expertise needed to fill specialist roles," he said. "This will support the thousands of chartered accountants who are eager to volunteer their skills."
He said the collaboration followed Lord Hodgson’s review of the Charities Act 2006, which concluded that charities "struggle to find trustees with specialist skills" and "many also need the managerial skills business can provide".