We act for over 280 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 2019 Charity Finance magazine annual survey of charity audit firms, which is based on feedback from our clients, we scored 97% for charity expertise and 97% for client service. This places us second in the UK for overall service. 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 the members of BHP’s charity team 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 members of the team 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 are able to keep clients at the forefront of developments.

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 Third Sector Update: COVID-19 Special

Click here to view our Summer 2020 Third Sector Update.

Are you a new trustee or governor?

During 2019 we trained over 130 trustees and received some excellent feedback. These seminars offer a comprehensive introduction for new trustees as well as a useful refresher for existing trustees, ensuring they are fully aware of their legal and financial responsibilities as trustees. We are delighted that our trustee training programme for 2020 is now live! Please click here for more information.

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

BHP Charity Conference  

BHP hold an annual Charity Conference for charities operating across the UK.

Spearheaded by Jane Marshall, partner at BHP and head of the firm’s charities and not-for-profit team, the free event is regularly attended by in excess of 100 delegates and receives excellent delegate feedback.

The video below shows highlights from our 2018 conference held at Doncaster Racecourse.

BHP Charity Conference 2018

It's in the numbers


2nd in the UK for client service


Position in Top 40 charity audit firms


4th in the UK for charity expertise

Key Contacts

Areas of expertise