charities legal

Openness

Developing a culture of openness in charities can be challenging because there are some things which are confidential and should be treated as such.  However committees should consider where the boundaries are and how they can communicate with people about their organisations.  The creation of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has given the public more access than ever to information about charities.

Legal

Members of the Management Committee of are equally  responsible in law for the actions and decisions of the committee.  They are responsible for ensuring that the organisation complies with the law in all aspects of its work, this may include a wide range of activities from finance to service delivery aspects such as insurance, food hygiene or child protection.  There is a wide range of different information on the DIY Committee Guide in relation to the different aspects of legal responsibility.

Charity Registration

Charity Registration

The process of establishing  the Register of Charities in Northern Ireland is underway.  For more details on charitable status please see here.

An organisation must apply for registration as a charity in Northern Ireland, regardless of its income, size or whether or not it has received charitable tax status from HMRC, if:

Charitable Status

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland was set up in 2009.  One of its key functions is to maintain a register of charities.

An organisation must apply for registration as a charity in Northern Ireland, regardless of its income, size or whether or not it has received charitable tax status from HMRC, if:

Charity Regulation

The Commission is the independent regulator of Charities in Northern Ireland.  It is responsible for ensuring Northern Ireland has has a dynamic and well governed charity sector in which the public can have confidence.

The Commission, as the regulator of all charities operating in Northern Ireland, has the following aims: