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Helen Stephenson (Charity Commission CEO).

Helen Stephenson

Helen is the chief executive of the Charity Commission.

Listening to charities’ experiences of the coronavirus pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a shared experience like no other, but it has also affected everyone - countries, organisations, people - in innumerable different ways. This summer we held a series of roundtable discussions with small and medium-sized charities to hear about their experiences.

Priorities and plans as we emerge from the pandemic

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Charity Commission publishes Annual Report, Business plan and customer survey research. There is much yet to learn about the impact of the pandemic on the charity sector – on charities’ finances, their ways of working, and on the wider economic …

Engaging with controversial or divisive issues - reflections for charities

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People rightly have high expectations of charities, and when their actions cause controversy it is our job to listen carefully to those concerns and take robust action when necessary. So as we conclude the National Trust case today, I’d like …

This #TrusteesWeek ‘take 5’ to read our new quick and easy guides

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Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive Charity Commission for England and Wales

As we all know, this year has been turbulent to say the least, bringing with it unprecedented challenges to charities throughout England and Wales. We have seen admirable efforts of trustees, the majority of whom are volunteers, to support their …

Recent events have underlined the crucial role of charity in our society, here’s what we will do in 2020-21 to ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust

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Helen Stephenson (Charity Commission CEO).

As the Commission publishes its annual report for 2019-2020, chief executive Helen Stephenson CBE takes stock of the past year, and looks ahead to the regulator’s plans for 2020-21. Reflecting on the year that has passed means starting where it …

Covid-19 highlights the lifeline that charities are to so many – and we are playing our part as regulator

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Helen Stephenson (Charity Commission CEO).

As many thousands of people continue to step outside their homes to go to work each day amid a national lockdown, I am struck by how many of these frontline workers will be employed by charities. Care homes, hospices, specialist …

Charities and political campaigning: a reflection on charities’ responsibilities

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Helen Stephenson (Charity Commission CEO).

With expectations growing of a general election before the end of this year and all political parties preparing for it, I want to remind charities of their responsibilities and of the guidance we publish to help decision making around political …

Educational charities must behave charitably

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A library with lots of books.

Universities and colleges are some of the most substantial charities in England. This status brings with it a special responsibility. Organisations established for the valued charitable purpose of advancing education must do so for the public benefit, helping society to …