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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.
Guidance to help you set up and run your charity.
Decide whether to set up a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), a charitable company or an unincorporated association or trust.
What's required of a charity trustee, including your responsibilities to your charity.
What to do to protect people who come into contact with your charity through its work from abuse or mistreatment of any kind.
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 set out your charity's purposes and rules in its governing document, how to start using it and how to change it.
Find out what being a charity trustee involves, if you can claim expenses and where to get help and advice.
Use our online service to keep your charity’s information and contact details up-to-date with the Charity Commission.
Before you start to set up a charity make sure that you know it is the best option for what you want to do.
Find out what procedures you need to follow to resign as a charity trustee or remove a trustee from the board.
How to get the right people with the right skills on your charity's trustee board.
The recruitment, appointment and induction process for new charity trustees and how to set a framework for recruitment.
Guidance for charity trustees about serious incidents: how to spot them and how to report.
As a new charity trustee, this guide will help you in your role. It can also be used by existing trustees to refresh knowledge and skills.
This guide outlines what the law in England and Wales says a charity is.
How to decide what your charity’s purposes are and write them in the ‘objects’ clause of your governing document.
Tell the Charity Commission if you close a registered charity. You also need to make sure any property or assets are dealt with.
Find out about the rules you must follow to govern your charity.
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