AIMS and OBJECTIVES Since starting in 1995 in the wake of the Charities Act 1992 and subsequent Acts the Association has grown to over 17,500 members. The Acts which required all charities to present accounts to a much higher standard and level of disclosure and with most church treasurers having untutored book-keepers it became apparent that training and support was sorely needed, hence the birth of the Association of Church Accountants & Treasurers (ACAT)
ACAT is truly ecumenical providing help and advice to all Christian churches and organisations without undermining the authority of any church. ACAT aims to offer a coordinated approach endeavouring to bridge the perceived gap between the needs and understanding of ordinary treasurers and the complexity of legislation, by providing advice as well as access to professional expertise. Training and support is offered in the form of a regularly updated handbook, quarterly newsletters, an advice line and training courses in the form of Foundation Courses, Workshops & Seminars. These take place at various locations around the country throughout the year.