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The Charity Commission (Charity Commission)

  1. 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.

  2. Prepare a charity annual return

    You must send an annual return or tell us your income and spending every year if your charity is registered in England or Wales.

  3. Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector

    Guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  4. 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.

  5. Charity Commission guidance

    Guidance to help you set up and run your charity.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Finding new trustees (CC30)

    The recruitment, appointment and induction process for new charity trustees and how to set a framework for recruitment.

  10. How to report a serious incident in your charity

    Guidance for charity trustees about serious incidents: how to spot them and how to report.

  11. 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.

  12. How to register a charity (CC21b)

    How to register your charity once it has been set up, what you need before you start your application and what happens after you apply.

  13. 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.

  14. How to write charitable purposes

    How to decide what your charity’s purposes are and write them in the ‘objects’ clause of your governing document.

  15. What makes a charity (CC4)

    This guide outlines what the law in England and Wales says a charity is.

  16. Check if a new charity is the best option

    Before you start to set up a charity make sure that you know it is the best option for what you want to do.

  17. Trustee board: people and skills

    How to get the right people with the right skills on your charity's trustee board.

  18. 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.

  19. Public benefit: rules for charities

    Charity trustees must 'have regard' to the Charity Commission's public benefit guidance when carrying out activities to which it's relevant.

  20. Prepare a charity trustees' annual report

    What to put in your trustees' annual report, depending on your charity's income and the value of its assets.