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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 …

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 …

Updates to guidance about safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees

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One year on since we launched the guidance ‘Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees’, we’ve updated it. Here’s a quick refresher on what the guidance is for and a summary of what changes we’ve made and why. All …

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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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 …

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 …