We act for over 250 charities & not-for-profit organisations. Our clients include: incorporated entities, trusts, and social enterprises, carrying out diverse activities including academies, grant making organisations, hospices, the social care sector, independent schools, museums, theatres, religious organisations and students unions. Our clients vary in size from smaller organisations that require independent examinations to large organisations with complex fund structures.

In the December 2023 Charity Finance magazine annual survey of charity audit firms, which is based on feedback from our clients, we scored 97% for charity expertise and 100% for client service. We have been included in the survey with consistently high scores for the last 11 years.

Our Charities and Not for Profit team comprises of 60 specially trained individuals, located across our five offices, who have strong values, are professional and approachable.

A number of BHP’s charity team members hold the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA), demonstrating BHP’s high level of competence in charity accounting and financial management, which makes a real difference to organisations in the charity sector. Many team members are also charity trustees and school governors with a deep understanding of the challenges that charities face.

Shaping the sector
We are involved in shaping future financial issues through our involvement with the CFG and Charity Tax Group, which means that we can keep clients at the forefront of developments.

Read all the latest Charity news within our Charity news hub.

The right
balance - compliance and advisory

We inspire our clients to be the best version of themselves that they can be. We work in partnership with them to help them achieve their goals.

Providing innovative, practical and easy to understand advice on a wide range of issues, we care for our clients throughout the year, not just as a year-end exercise.

BHP’s charity team can help organisations to:

  • Produce annual accounts that are transparent, thereby putting you in the best position to attract additional funding.
  • Fulfil the compliance burden of audit or independent examination requirements
  • Ensure the audit process adds value.
  • Maximise income and minimise costs.
  • Trade without incurring a tax liability.
  • Maximise income from Gift Aid and the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
  • Minimise irrecoverable VAT.
  • Put controls in place in financial systems to protect charity funds.

In order to help charities to reap the benefits outlined above, BHP offers a range of services that are bespoke to the Charity and Not-for-Profit sector.

Keeping you up to date

Click here to view our March 2024 Charity Newsletter.

Are you a new trustee or governor?

As part of our commitment to the charity sector, we have trained over 1,000 trustees over the last five years with our free of charge trustee training seminars. These seminars cover the financial and governance responsibilities of trustees as well as providing a network for trustees to share information with others and develop new insights into the running of charities.

Feedback from previous trustee training events

A very useful seminar, beautifully presented, relevant and easy to digest – and just the right length. David Foster, York Civic Trust/Sheldon Memorial Trust

Excellent seminars suitable for all trustees. I always learn something new in a language I can understand. Janice Haigh, Care and Repair Leeds


As a firm, we’re committed to supporting those charities that our people care passionately about, which is why, in 2023/24, we collectively donated over £21,000 to more than 30 charities across the UK. As well as the numerous fundraising activities we get involved in, everyone has the opportunity to take a paid day to carry out voluntary work for any charitable organisation they want to assist, and we also organise group volunteering activities. Read our 2022/23 CSR Review here.

BHP Charity Conference 

On Wednesday, 15 November 2023, we welcomed over 100 guests to our annual Charity Conference at Cutlers’ Hall Sheffield. This conference provides an update on several important issues affecting charities as well as a valuable opportunity to network with other charity FDs, CEOs and trustees.

For more information and to receive information about next year’s conference, please email

The video below shows highlights from our 2021 conference held at Doncaster Racecourse.

BHP Charity Conference 2021
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