We work with a range of organisations across the NFP sector from academies and independent schools to charities and museums going beyond general compliance to understand the unique needs of your organisation.

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Our work in the Not for Profit sector comes with one, simple ‘why’. We want to take any worries away from your world. So you can free up your time and people to keep making a real difference.

Now, more than ever, Not for Profit organisations need advisers who offer more than technical knowledge to keep them compliant. They need advisers who have real understanding of your challenges. Who respond quickly and with a depth of knowledge and experience. We can help. We have well-established connections throughout the UK that can benefit your organisation.


We’re proud to say we’ve built a long list of relationships across the whole Not for Profit spectrum – from academies, independent schools and student unions, to charities, museums and cathedrals. And it’s this experience we’ll use to keep you innovative, ahead of regulation, and never without an answer to “what’s next?”

We’re even prouder of what our work is helping our clients to achieve. Using our expertise to review and fine-tune your systems, processes and governance, you’ll be able to deliver maximum value to your beneficiaries and make strides towards your charitable aims.

We understand the Not for Profit sector is all about creating social value and helping others to reap the rewards. That’s why we love supporting organisations like yours – organisations who make a real difference to the world we live in.

We know every penny counts and any reductions in your income will have a serious impact on the way you deliver services and projects to those who need it most. So, now, more than ever, you want to make sure you’re using all your available resources correctly, smartly, and efficiently.


We know how to build teams and work with clients remotely. We’re committed to ensuring a seamless approach. We like to become part of your team – you’ll even think we’re in the same room as you. We can adapt our approach to suit your needs. Way before working from home was a thing because of Coronavirus we put in place our ‘WORKING FROM ANYWHERE.

ANYTIME. FOREVER’ policy. It goes beyond the traditional hybrid working that we’ve all become familiar with. We believe in our people and secure IT systems. They can be based anywhere and still deliver an excellent service for you. We do have some pretty cool offices even if we do say so ourselves. We’d love you to come visit.


Put simply, we know all about the ins and outs of the sector, and we’ll use that knowledge to form a partnership that adds real value for you. We have a dedicated and specialist Not for Profit audit team who are already working with organisations like yours.

Across Cooper Parry we have other tax specialists, particularly in VAT, who have worked closely with charities and educational organisations for many years. Helping them minimise and manage tax and VAT liabilities. There are many misconceptions about charities and tax. Not least of all that charities don’t have to pay VAT. It’s not that simple!

We can also advise on what to include in your trustees’ reports, plus interactive webinars and timely emails on sector developments and interpretation of government or sector funding and charity accounting guidance.

It all comes in our usual, jargon-busting style to make sure your staff, trustees and members understand the key themes. And if you’d ever like to have a chat or ask a few questions, we’re all ears, all year round – with no ‘ticking clock’ or pesky bills adding up.

  • We’ll highlight any areas of risk and advise on making improvements to your systems and controls that could save you time, money and hassle. You’ll be making calculated, informed decisions that really count.
  • We’ll keep you compliant and give you the peace of mind and credibility that come with audited accounts. This will make securing grants and loans from banks or other funding providers much easier.
  • We can help minimise your tax and VAT liabilities.
  • We regularly host seminars and workshops focused on keeping you up to date with any changes in the sector and giving you the chance to network with other people from your industry.
  • And we also offer a huge depth of other specialist services including Making Tax Digital guidance, IT Solutions and specialist creative tax relief claims.


Why? Because our award-winning culture is built on one, powerful premise: happy, engaged people produce the best work. And they always will.

Our people across Cooper Parry, not just our dedicated Not for Profit team, are committed to supporting the work of charities and educational organisations. Many of them volunteer their time and expertise locally. Giving back is part of our DNA at Cooper Parry, which is why we’ve joined forces with onHand the online volunteering app. As a company, we want to start doing more good in the local community and leaving a positive impact.


We’re committed to diversity and inclusion. As a company we want to create a workplace that’s free of discrimination and harassment. We try to ensure that diversity and inclusion is at the heart of how we treat our people. It’s underwritten with an Equal Opportunity and Diversity Policy. We value everyone’s contribution, no matter their age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, gender reassignment, marital status or pregnancy. We want everyone to have an equal opportunity to feel valued and respected. We want everyone to shine.


We’re passionate about doing our bit to reduce waste and pollution so we help protect the planet. We want to build our business so its sustainable and helps the earth flourish. The issue of climate change has been in the news a lot recently and more than ever businesses have no choice but to take responsibility for their contribution. We all need to properly take stock and change the way we work to benefit future generations.

We’re committed to using CP as a force for good. Measuring our impact at all levels, across all stakeholders, and holding ourselves to the highest standards – for our people, clients, communities, and the environment. That’s why we’re proud to be the UK’s largest accountancy B Corp, joining the business movement tackling society’s greatest challenges.


As well as taking a collaborative approach to how we work with our clients we’ve also built strong relationships within the Not for Profit sector. Here are some useful links including:

Charity Finance Group

CFG the charity that inspires a financially confident, dynamic and trustworthy charity sector. We’re members and are signed up to their commitment to help champion best practice, nurture leadership and influence policy makers.

Education & Skills Funding Agency

ESFA brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency to create a single agency accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults. We’re members of the ESFA


Auditor Forum, which provides direct interaction on financial reporting, regularity issues and sector developments.

Association of School and College Leadership

ASCL represents and support more than 21,000 school and college leaders.

Institute of School Business Leadership

ISBL aims to provide the sector with confidence in the school business leadership community through a framework of qualifications underpinned by Professional Standards, linked to membership categories, and practitioners with the professional recognition and status they deserve.

Independent Higher Education

IHE is the UK membership organisation and national representative body for independent providers of higher education, professional training and pathways.


We’re active partners of ASCL and ISBL, regularly taking part in their conferences, running webinars for their members, and sharing our knowledge on the issues the charity and education sectors face. 


Glen Bott
Direct Of Not For Profit & Head Of Charity


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“We have excellent access to our audit partner. The audit team are professional and the assignment is well ran and to time. The quality of reports is great and everyone likes the way they are presented. We have tapped into other advisory services and found the support and advice excellent. Can’t think of any improvements needed.”


“Easy to work with, responsive and to the point.”


“Very smooth audit, and turned round very quickly. Thank you!”


“My first encounter with the CP audit team and I was impressed. Calm, reliable, organised and ultimately professional. Understanding and sympathetic to our circumstances and keen to work with us to achieve an outcome”


“Smooth audit with knowledgeable and friendly staff. I have received great input from both audit partner and manager in my first year as CFO. I have appreciated the pragmatic and flexible approach”


“We found the staff working on our audit were friendly and approachable, as well as being organised and methodical with their questions, and happy to work with us on how best to request the information needed from us (Inflo, email, in person). Having staff on site for part of the audit makes it so much easier to cover the work and in a quicker time than just back and forth emails/ inflo requests (especially for the more complicated explanations) and we do value this. Particular thanks to Jess Small for running the on site team. Communication from the team lead (Jo Loughton) throughout was very good and helped us to know what was going on/ expected and there was a quick turn around for questions too. Andy Jones’s presentations to the Board and A&R committee are always well received by Trustees and give them confidence in the process. A small suggestion on the ‘to improve’ is that for the last 2 years we have had a suggestion for something to include in the audit figures – such as premises calculations shown as a donation in kind – that would have been helpful to have had raised around the audit time in November rather than at sign off in January to enable a bit more time for discussion, or in this case feedback from our institution.”


“Been really helpful and supporting to a new CFO & Finance team.”


“The audit team were efficient and responsive – thank you!. We moved payroll in August and scheduling and ensuring that the TP audit was completed in advance of this was greatly appreciated. Inflo worked well, having earlier access helped. Advice given around the trustees report content really helps. The Trustees like the format of the findings report and found the info and discussions held at the board meeting prior to approval informative and very useful. If there was any possibility of receiving the draft and final reports and also the AAR sooner that would help to minimise any stress and worries of everything being properly checked / submitted on time. Thanks to the team for your help, responsiveness and advice!.”


“Always helpful, smooth audit process.”


“Andy and Dan established a comprehensive audit plan with realistic timelines. Their communication was professional and supportive throughout, resulting in a highly collaborative process. The AFR will support us in making improvements to our practices.”