Charities and social enterprises


  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

    Change your charity's details with the Charity Commission online

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Guidance and regulation

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

  1. Charity Fraud Awareness Week wins award
  2. Community Interest Companies: The New Online Incorporation Process Webinar – 06 March 2019 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  3. Jeremy Wright's speech at Doteveryone's Responsible Tech conference
  4. Bognor Regis business saves lives with UK aid
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Research and statistics

  1. Community Interest Companies registered in February 2019
  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. The Eco Larder CIC
  2. How the Charity Commission appoints Interim Managers
  3. Bear Pit Theatre
  4. Increases to charities’ small trading exemption limits
  5. Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme changes
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Dealing with wrongdoing and harm 2017-18
  2. Charity reserves policies: demonstrating and building resilience
  3. Accounts monitoring review: assessing the standard of charity financial information
  4. Joint Committee on Human Rights: Charity Commission evidence and response
  5. Accounts monitoring: concerns highlighted by auditors in their audit reports 2017
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