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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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Why we need to be an enabling regulator – and what that means for our funding

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Helen Stephenson (Charity Commission CEO).

It’s been 3 months since I started as CEO of the Commission. During that time, I’ve met and listened to staff in the Commission’s four offices, visited trustees, staff and beneficiaries of charities ranging from small community groups to some …