My Week: Doug Hull finds inspiration from Barack Obama

The policy membership officer at the Charity Finance Group recounts his week

Doug Hull
Doug Hull

MONDAY - My week begins with a trip to the Treasury, where I'm representing the Charity Finance Group at the working group for the new social investment tax relief. With four government departments and a plethora of relevant organisations in the room, it's an ideal opportunity to forge relationships.

TUESDAY - I work at CFG through the Charityworks scheme, and today I'm off to one of my cohort's fortnightly learning sessions. The topic is campaigning, and we are treated to an inspirational talk by a former Charityworks graduate about his experience volunteering for Barack Obama's re-election campaign last year. The session gets me thinking about how charities could better integrate social media, data and local support bases - all tools that helped Obama win a second term as US President.

WEDNESDAY - I head to our monthly meeting for members. Faced with an afternoon of tax talk a year ago, I might have taken along my iPod and a book, but I've caught the charity finance bug and now look forward to hearing from HMRC and the Alzheimer's Society on the switch to Charities Online. There are plenty of questions for the HMRC representative from charities struggling with the new system.

THURSDAY - With the Statement of Recommended Practice consultation finally out, I spend a few fun minutes thinking up some engaging tweets to Sorp-rise our followers and encourage participation. While travelling on the Tube later, I can't help noticing the high proportion of charity adverts and wonder whether there's a risk of donor fatigue.

FRIDAY - I spend most of my day pulling together text for our monthly magazine for members. With Gift Aid, business rates, social investment, the annual return and the Sorp all on the agenda, there's no problem filling it. After sorting out our publications cupboard and unearthing bedtime classics such as The Tax Implications of Charity Trading, I head home for a welcome beer and barbecue.

Charity Finance Group is a membership body that provides support to charity finance professionals

Doug Hull is policy membership officer at the Charity Finance Group

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