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How do charities approach investing in line with their purpose and values? We want to know, and we want to help

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting many charities, we have extended the deadline for responses to 30 April 2020. See the section 'We want to hear from you' for more information. Charities are driven by a passion …

We regulate charities within the boundaries of a clear legal framework – the Courts and Tribunal hold us to that

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The High Court in London.

  This month (November 2019) we won a landmark case in the High Court. For the first time, we made an application for a finding of contempt of court, after trustees repeatedly failed to comply with Commission Orders seeking information …

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 …

Thanks but no thanks: when should charities refuse donations?

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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 …

How charities are responding to cyber security threats

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Guest blog by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).  The Cyber Security Breaches Survey is an annual report by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It reports on how businesses and charities are responding to the cyber …