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The home of The Charity Commission on GOV.UK. We register and regulate charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence.
Search the charity register to find details of registered charities in England and Wales including contact information, activities, latest financial reports and current trustees.
Log in to the Charity Commission's online services, get a new password for your charity, and other services for charities.
Charities registered in England or Wales must send an annual return to the Charity Commission or report their income and spending every year.
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
Guidance to help you set up and run your charity.
What's required of a charity trustee, including your responsibilities to your charity.
Decide whether to set up a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), a charitable company or an unincorporated association or trust.
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.
Set up a charity - find trustees, choose a structure, choose a name,
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
Guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
How to set out your charity's purposes and rules in its governing document, how to start using it and how to change it.
Models, templates and guidance for constitutions, articles of association and trust deeds for a new charity or charitable trust. Print and complete these by hand.
Use our online service to keep your charity’s information and contact details up-to-date with the Charity Commission.
The recruitment, appointment and induction process for new charity trustees and how to set a framework for recruitment.
Charity Commission guidance on the basics that all charity trustees need to know.
Find out what being a charity trustee involves, if you can claim expenses and where to get help and advice.
Find out how to make sure that your charity’s money is safe, properly used and accounted for.
Before you start to set up a charity make sure that you know it is the best option for what you want to do.
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