Helping charities thrive

Our passion to help charities and not-for-profit organisations stem from our founder and Managing Director, Ashish Patani, who has been a charity Trustee and Treasurer as well as a Board Member of an international trade organisation.

Ashlynwood actively takes part in and supports various charity events. This allows us to harness our understanding and experience of the charity and not-for-profit sector to serve our clients better. We can offer specific advice and support which will enable our client to ensure long-term growth of charitable activities through a sustainable operating model. Of course, we offer a range of professional accounting and compliance services as a standard which are competitively priced, and often at pro bono for new start-up charities.

We can help with charity structuring, budgeting, bookkeeping, payroll, gift aid, VAT, fundraising scheme reviews to name a few of the services we can undertake on behalf of clients.

We also provide charities help going digital to help adjust to the new normal following COVID-19 pandemic.

Furthermore, we provide support to trustees and charity staff by attending trustee meeting and management meetings, as required, to provide valuable insights and advice on a range of financial, governance and compliance matters helping charities to thrive.

Get in touch

Ashish Patani, FCA

+44(0)7708 753510

Latest charity videos

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List of services

Below is a non-exhaustive list of services we offer for our clients in the not-for-profit sector. If you require ad hoc services please do get in touch and see how we can help you.


Trustee & staff training

Governance review

Fundraising due diligence review

Internal controls reviews


Charity structure

Setting up branches

Setting up international operations


Cyber security review

Data protection review

Fundraising scheme review

Copyright and digital media use review

Accounting & Tax


Cash flow forecasting

Management information reporting

Statutory accounts preparation

Gift aid processing




Website and social media

Marketing strategy consultancy

Marketing outsource service

ImaginativeSmart & Agile

We are a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) that can undertake Accounting and Tax work, as well as provide Assurance Services and Operational Support through co-source and outsourcing arrangements.

Blog: Charity and Not-for-profit

Cyber security for charities

Cyber security for charities Charities are especially vulnerable to ransomware attacks, social engineering hacks and banking fraud. Here’s what you can do to protect your organisation. In a sector [...]

Digital transformation technologies

Digital transformation technologies Digital transformation undertaken with the right corporate culture and attitude will yield significant returns Digital transformation is the re-envisioning of business strategy, tactics, processes, culture and [...]

Digital transformation is a journey

Digital transformation is a journey Digital transformation is a journey and not a quick-fix Digital transformation is the re-envisioning of business strategy, tactics, processes, culture and stakeholder experiences, by [...]

Digital transformation is about people

Digital transformation is about people The key to digital transformation, is to first understand that it is about people not technology. Digital transformation is more than saving costs by [...]

Dynamic marketing strategy

Dynamic marketing strategy A marketing strategy that is concise, coherent, consistent and in line with the moral values of the target customer group is essential for success. A marketing [...]

Dealing with the new normal

Dealing with the new normal Thursday 16 July 2020 - Online Webinar Ashlynwood took part in a webinar on the new normal organised by Charity Financials. A very special [...]


Ashish Patani is a thoroughly professional Financial Services Specialist with an immense work ethic and outstanding approach to complex issues and challenges. I have known Ashish for over 10 years both as a trusted advisor & colleague. I highly recommend him for his specialist skills in Securities Services, Fund Accounting and Audit issues.

Ahmer Feroze, Tier 1 International Investment Bank

I enjoyed working with Ashish on various Financial Service Audit reviews. I found him very professional, efficient and focused in his approach to work.

Ramandeep Suri, Big 4 Firm

Ashlynwood undertook a review of our Organisation’s Governance and Structure. We found them very friendly and open, knowledgeable, insightful and professional. They offered us important insights into things that could be improved and the steps forward to do so. I view them as valued colleagues and would not hesitate to recommend them.

Prof Paul Gilbert PhD OBE, Founder and CEO, International Charity

Case Studies: Not-for-Profit Sector

Governance and Statutory Breaches

Governance and Statutory Breaches Client: UK Registered International Charity Scope: The Charity Trustees had a number of concerns about the operational processes as the Charity expanded its activities, around governance, finance [...]

New accounting system

Implementation of new accounting system Client: UK Registered Charity Scope: A UK national Charity required assistance with the implementation of a new accounting system which allows for seamless consolidation of financial [...]

New charity set-up

New charity set-up and guidance Client: Individual Client Scope: An individual with an amazing idea to help the less fortunate looking to set-up a new charity required guidance on the best [...]

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