Guidance and regulation

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From The Charity Commission (Charity Commission)
  • 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.

  • Charity Commission guidance

    Guidance to help you set up and run your 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.

  • 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.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Finding new trustees (CC30)

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Managing charity finances

    Find out how to make sure that your charity’s money is safe, properly used and accounted for.

  • Trustee board: people and skills

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

  • What makes a charity (CC4)

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Charity purposes and rules

    Find out about the rules you must follow to govern your charity.

  • Managing conflicts of interest in a charity

    Find out how to identify and deal with conflicts of interest in your charity.