'The museum must be able to show that it is financially stable and that it meets the relevant financial regulations or standards and the requirements of its constitution.

The museum must have enough funds available, and collections must not be used as security for a loan.'

(Accreditation standard, October 2011)

Developing a legacy giving programme

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This guide from Museum Development Yorkshire and Development Partners aims to assist museums to encourage supporters to remember a museum in their will, by putting structures and communication in place to stimulate and manage legacies. Clicking the link on this page will allow you to download this resource as a PDF.

Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials

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The Accreditation Standard requires museums to be financially stable. This guidance from The Charity Commission enables governing bodies to ensure that they are meeting the Accreditation Standard and the relevant financial regulations or standards. It provides all the information a charity will need to produce its annual report and accounts. Clicking the link on this page […]

Charity governance, finance and resilience: 15 questions trustees should ask

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The Accreditation Standard requires museums to be financially stable. These resources enable governing bodies to ensure that they are meeting the Accreditation Standard and the relevant financial regulations or standards. This checklist can be used to review your charity’s effectiveness and provides updated guidance from the Charity Commission, ensuring charity trustees engage with and use finance […]

Charity reserves: building resilience

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The Accreditation Standard requires museums to be financially stable. These resources enable governing bodies to ensure that they are meeting the Accreditation Standard and the relevant financial regulations or standards. These documents provide updated guidance from the Charity Commission, ensuring charity trustees engage with and use finance guidance from the regulator to run their charities […]

Managing a charity’s finances: planning, managing difficulties and insolvency

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The Accreditation Standard requires museums to be financially stable. These resources enable governing bodies to ensure that they are meeting the Accreditation Standard and the relevant financial regulations or standards. This document provides updated guidance from the Charity Commission, ensuring charity trustees engage with and use finance guidance from the regulator to run their charities effectively. […]

Resourcing Scotland’s heritage

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In ensuring it is financially stable, the Accreditation Standard requires that a museum will seek out a range of funding opportunities. This resource from Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage focuses on fundraising in Scotland and provides a range of useful information, much of which is applicable to museums in the UK. Particularly relevant to museums in Scotland. […]

Financial reporting of heritage assets in annual accounts

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This advice note from the Association of Independent Museums enables governing bodies to ensure that they are meeting the Accreditation Standard and the relevant financial regulations or standards. In particular it supports governing bodies to meet the requirement detailed in the Accreditation Scheme Guidance, Section 1, Organisational Health which asks: ‘do the accounts mention (as […]

Who can run your charity's finances?

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The Accreditation Standard requires museums to be financially stable. This guidance from GOV.UK will enable governing bodies to ensure they are meeting the Accreditation Standard and relevant financial regulations or standards. The resource provides information so that charities can prove that all the managers who deal with finances (including the authorised officials and responsible persons) […]

Charity governance, finance and resilience: 15 questions trustees should ask

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This resource from The Charity Commission is directly linked to the Accreditation Standard and encourages voluntary organisations to consider their management arrangements and organisational structure. The checklist can be used to review a charity’s effectiveness at AGMs, trustee meetings, away-day discussions or planning meetings. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view […]