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Educational charities must behave charitably

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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 …

Thanks but no thanks: when should charities refuse donations?

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£10 and £20 notes.

Recent high-profile scandals have left many charity trustees wondering how to do the right thing when it comes to accepting certain donations. Trustees have rightly been wanting to make sure that money does not come from sources that might compromise …

How to assess risk for charities working internationally

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Charities working internationally may face particular risks due to their operating environment including the application of financial sanctions, greater levels of corruption or criminal activity and the presence of terrorists, proscribed groups or designated entities. As a risk-led regulator, we …

Protecting your charity this Anti-Corruption Day and beyond

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Two people shaking hands with lots of £20 notes in the background.

This Sunday (9 December) is International Anti-Corruption Day, a United Nations global campaign to raise awareness of the severity and impact of corruption to social and economic development. Around $1 trillion is paid in bribes each year and an estimated …

Freedom of speech helps charity, and society thrive – but it’s not an absolute right

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As registrar of the 167,000 charities in England and Wales, we are witness every day to the outstanding role these organisations play in bettering society. Charities are at their best when they contribute to civil society by building social cohesion, …

Guidance for charities working internationally: you spoke, we listened

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A world map with the words 'Charities working internationally'.

In the spring we launched a survey for charities working internationally to find out if our guidance meets your needs. Charities working internationally may face particular risks due to their operating environment that could be caused by political, social or …

New restrictions on who can run a charity: prepare now for the change

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Nick Mott (Charity Commission Practice and Guidance team).

Nick Mott (Deputy Head of Guidance & Practice) talks about the automatic disqualification rules coming into force on the 1 August 2018, and how you can prepare. Almost anyone can run a charity, but restrictions mean some people are automatically …