Charities and social enterprises


  1. Tell the Charity Commission about a change to your charity

    Change your charity's details with the Charity Commission online

  2. Send a charity's annual return

    You must send an annual return if your charity’s income is more than £10,000. All charities must keep their registered details up to date.

  3. Claim Gift Aid online

    Submit a claim for Gift Aid, the Gift Aid small donation scheme (GASDS) and other income; schedule spreadsheets; registering and enrolling for a Charities Online account; activation codes

  4. Set up a charity

    To start a charity you need trustees, to choose a business structure, decide suitable charitable purposes and you may have to register with the Charity Commission

  5. Claiming Gift Aid as a charity or CASC

    What Gift Aid is, who can claim, what donations are eligible for Gift Aid, Gift Aid declarations for your charity or community amateur sports club (CASC), how to claim

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Prepare a charity annual return
  2. The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3)
  3. Charity types: how to choose a structure (CC22a)
  4. How to register a charity (CC21b)
  5. Schedule spreadsheet to claim back tax on Gift Aid donations
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News and communications

  1. Community Interest Companies and Sustainability – Funding, Dividends and Tax Relief webinar
  2. Charity Fraud Awareness Week (22 – 26 October 2018)
  3. New questions in the 2018 charity annual return service
  4. Start Egypt further supports start-ups in its first office in Cairo
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Research and statistics

  1. Community Interest Companies registered in November 2018
  2. Supporting Papers - Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing
  3. Taken on Trust: awareness and effectiveness of charity trustees in England and Wales
  4. Social enterprise: market trends 2017
  5. Advisory panel to mission-led business review: final report
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Charities that are connected with non-charitable organisations: maintaining your charity’s separation and independence
  2. Bear Pit Theatre
  3. Increases to charities’ small trading exemption limits
  4. Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme changes
  5. Simplification of donor benefits rules for Gift Aid
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Charity reserves policies: demonstrating and building resilience
  2. Accounts monitoring review: assessing the standard of charity financial information
  3. Joint Committee on Human Rights: Charity Commission evidence and response
  4. Accounts monitoring: concerns highlighted by auditors in their audit reports 2017
  5. Accounts monitoring: Reporting of matters of material significance by auditors
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