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From The Charity Commission (Charity Commission)
  • The Charity Commission

    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

    Search the charity register to find details of registered charities in England and Wales including contact information, activities, latest financial reports and current trustees.

  • Online services for charities

    Log in to the Charity Commission's online services, get a new password for your charity, and other services for charities.

  • Prepare a charity annual return

    Charities registered in England or Wales must send an annual return to the Charity Commission or report their income and spending every year.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Charity Commission guidance

    Guidance to help you set up and run your charity.

  • Set up a charity: step by step

    How to set up a charity: find trustees, choose a name and structure, create a governing document, meet the public benefit requirement, register your charity.

  • Charity types: how to choose a structure (CC22a)

    Decide whether to set up a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), a charitable company or an unincorporated association or trust.

  • Charity Commission announces inquiry into Muffin Pug Rescue

    The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Muffin Pug Rescue, over concerns about potential misconduct and/or mismanagement at the charity.

  • The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3)

    What's required of a charity trustee, including your responsibilities to your charity.

  • 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

  • Complain about a charity

    How to take a complaint about a charity further, including what you can complain about and reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission, Fundraising Standards Board and Advertising Standards Authority

  • Setting up a charity: model governing documents

    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.

  • How to write your charity's governing document (CC22b)

    How to set out your charity's purposes and rules in its governing document, how to start using it and how to change it.

  • Charity regulator announces inquiry into Care4Calais

    The Charity Commission is today announcing a statutory inquiry into serious governance concerns identified at Care4Calais

  • Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees

    What to do to protect people who come into contact with your charity through its work from abuse or mistreatment of any kind.

  • Charity trustee: what’s involved (CC3a)

    Find out what being a charity trustee involves, if you can claim expenses and where to get help and advice.

  • How to update your charity's details

    Use our online service to keep your charity’s information and contact details up-to-date with the Charity Commission.

  • Charities and tax

    Tax exemptions and reliefs for charities - apply for recognition by HMRC as a charity, reclaim tax on Gift Aid, profits and expenditure