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  Charity Commission - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Charity Commission is the non-ministerial government department that regulates registered charities (and hence to some extent most churches) in England and Wales.
Geraldine Peacock, CBE was Chief Charity Commissioner 2003-2006, and Chairman-designate from 8 July 2004 to 2006.
Charities in Scotland are regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and in Northern Ireland are regulated by the Voluntary Activity Unit of the Department of Health and Social Services at Stormont Castle.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Charity_Commission   (213 words)

 Welcome to the Register of Charities
For example, a charity whose governing document specifies that its objects are to relieve the poor in the whole of England and Wales may in reality restrict its operations to certain inner city areas.
Charities with either gross income or total expenditure over £10,000 are required by law to complete the Annual Return form and return it to the Commission within 10 months of their financial year end.
Charities under the £10,000 income/expenditure threshold are not required to submit their accounts to the Commission but are required to keep their Register details up to date.
www.charity-commission.gov.uk /registeredcharities/first.asp   (1278 words)

 SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Q&A: charity reform
The presumption that charities involved in the relief of poverty or the advancement of religion or education are of public benefit will be ended.
But small charities were concerned this would harm their credibility in the eyes of the public and make fundraising more difficult.
Charities had mixed feelings about the proposal, in some cases preferring to separate the risks of trading from the charity proper.
society.guardian.co.uk /charityreform/story/0,11494,999199,00.html   (1125 words)

 Legal matters: In more depth: The charity commission
Charity trustees have a duty to submit to the Commission an annual report on the activities of the charity, together with a statement of accounts and the report of an auditor or independent examiner.
The Commission is empowered to establish common investment funds for charities whereby the participating charities pool their investments and receive returns of income and capital in proportion to the value of their contribution.
The Commission's monitoring role is supplemented by complaints and information it receives from the public, the police, the Inland Revenue, concerned members, employees or trustees of a charity, and from the media.
www.voluntarymatters1and2.org /organisation/legal_matters/more_depth/charity_comission.html   (547 words)

 IJNL Vol 5 Iss 1: Charities and Terrorism: The Charity Commission Response
The Commission noted that at the heart of this debate are three basic assumptions, which have important implications for the way that it deals with charities where suspicions of links to terrorism arise.
Unfortunately, Commission efforts are hampered by the fact that the vast majority of so-called ‘aid organisations’ that do provide a front for Islamic terrorists, and who have latched on to the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya as fronts for their charitable appeals, were never registered with the Charity Commission.
Charities Act 1993, s.3(4) provides that the Charity Commission is required to remove any institution from the register if the charity ceases to exist, or the organisation no longer appears to the Commission to be a charity, or the charity does not operate.
www.icnl.org /JOURNAL/vol5iss1/ar_morris.htm   (1499 words)

 Charity Insurance
There are several publications explaining the duties and responsibilities of a trustee, which the charity commission has produced, giving out details on such things, as protection and investment of charities assets such as property, the requirement of financial information to be prepared and available i.e.
The important issue for charities or associations to consider is the potential liabilities and exposure they open their trustees, directors and offices to and itself becomes a ‘duty of care’ particularly to employees of that charity or association.
More recently the Charity Commission has moved towards a self-certification method for charities who are considering the purchase of insurances for their trustees, details can be obtained from the Commission in their guidance notes (Ref: 0G100C4) if required.
www.charityinsurance.org.uk   (388 words)

 Mariam Appeal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mariam Appeal was investigated by the Charity Commission even though the Commission's authority extends only to England and Wales.
The Charity Commission found that the Mariam Appeal had done charitable work and raised significant funds, so should have registered with them and published accounts, taking the view that the legal advice the Appeal founders had taken that the constitution did not create a charity was wrong.
The Charity Commission took the view that the political activities of the Appeal were ancillary to the charitable purposes of the Appeal and that the Trustees could reasonably have formed the view that this would have the impact of enabling treatment for sick children.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mariam_Appeal   (794 words)

 Elonex Plc :: Case Studies - Charity Commission   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The Charity Commission is the government department that maintains public confidence in the integrity of charity.
To help charities, and the charitable sector as a whole, make effective use of charity resources the Commission provides advice and guidance to help charities achieve their objectives efficiently and effectively within the law.
Towards the end of 1999, The Charity Commission were seeking to upgrade their desktop computers, ensuring Year 2000 compliance and offering greater desktop processing power.
www.elonex.com /clients/case/casecharity.shtm   (429 words)

 Charity Law Association
The following comments on the Charity Commission's proposed new registration pack are based on contributions made by a small number of members of the Charity Law Association.
However, it might be clearer to state that an application for funding may require a charity to be registered and have a registration number and this could be the reason for making an application for voluntary registration.
Further, it should be made clear at the top of page 17 that it is advice on the formalities required to constitute a new charity which is not generally required by a trustee of unincorporated associations, rather than advice in the running of their charity generally.
www.charitylawassociation.org.uk /wparty000601.html   (1413 words)

 Scientology - Charity Commission (CESNUR)
On December 9, 1999, the Charity Commission of England and Wales rejected an application by the Church of Scientology to be registered as a charity.
Religions are entitled to registration as charities in England, but the Commission defines religion as "a belief in a supreme being and an expression of belief in that supreme being through worship".
However, according to the Commission, "it could not be concluded that the benefits of the practice of Scientology extended beyond the participants", precisely because there is no public worship nor "public activity" in general.
www.cesnur.org /testi/charity.htm   (1668 words)

 Job Opportunities
The Charity Commission is the government organisation which exists to help charities use their resources more effectively and to ensure that the public’s trust in charities continues to be justified.
The Commission actively promotes diversity throughout its workforce and is firmly committed to ensuring, that staff do not suffer any detrimental treatment resulting from gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, social background or any other irrelevant factor.
The Charity Commission has signed up to using the Employment Service "Two Ticks" disability symbol as a way of demonstrating its commitment to employing staff with disabilities, and to ensure that people with disabilities are considered on their ability to do the job rather than on the basis of stereotypical assumptions.
www.charitycommissionjobs.org.uk   (2536 words)

 rediff.com: UK assets of Islamic charity frozen
The Charity Commission began an investigation into the IDF in October 2001 but was forced to freeze its bank accounts last week and issue a court order under the Charities Act, demanding full disclosure of its accounts and records.
The commission has set a deadline for January 16 for the IDF to comply with the order, or its trustees - most of whom are members of the wealthy bin Mahfouz family from Saudi Arabia - will be found in contempt of court and liable to arrest.
The Charity Commission believes that the IDF, which was founded by Sedco, a powerful Saudi corporation, is connected to Khalid bin Mahfouz, a Saudi businessman who is said to have entertained Osama bin Laden at a mansion he owned in Buckinghamshire.
www.rediff.com /money/2002/jan/16freeze.htm   (486 words)

 Prepare for Charity Commission visits
The Charity Commission received additional funding in 2002 to begin visiting charities that have an income of £0.25m to £10m for a review.
Assessment of a charity is based on research from sample documents provided by the charity and discussions with trustees and senior staff.
Where the Charity Commission identifies a problem, this is communicated to the charity in writing and followed up after a reasonable time to ensure that the action points raised have been addressed.
www.ncvo-vol.org.uk /askncvo/index.asp?id=448   (464 words)

 NGO Monitor - Human Rights NGOs - Arab Israeli Conflict   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The Commission is not responsible for the internal administration of charities and is statutorily barred from intervening in the internal administration when trustees have acted within their legal powers.
The Commission's powers of intervention are specifically designed for use in circumstances where there is some grave, general risk to a charity's interests and are designed principally to protect the charity and its assets.
The Commission does not have power to intervene in the proper exercise by the trustees of their discretion and it is not able to resolve disagreements over a charity's policy or strategy that are properly the responsibility of the trustees.
www.ngo-monitor.org /archives/correspondence/CharityCommission.htm   (1681 words)

 The Charity Commission and Human Rights
However, charities which campaign for human rights to be recognised and implemented still need to ensure that there is an appropriate link between the rights they are promoting and their particular charitable purpose.
The major change for human rights organisations is that the Charity Commission no longer base their guidelines on whether a particular country has or has not signed a particular human rights convention.
So those organisations now have the option of registering as a charity, provided they can demonstrate that their "purposes" are charitable and their public campaigning an ancillary activity in pursuit of those purposes.
www.bond.org.uk /networker/2004/aug04/humanrights.htm   (635 words)

 Charity Commission: Scientology Decision
In September 1996, CoS applied to the Commission for registration as a charity pursuant to section 3(2) of the Charities Act 1993.
That CoS is not charitable as an organisation established for the charitable purpose of the advancement of religion because, having regard to the relevant law and evidence, Scientology is not a religion for the purposes of English charity law.
The Commissioners considered that the legal authorities establishing the meaning of religion in charity law were ambiguous, but having construed such authorities in a way compatible with ECHR they concluded that the definition of religion was characterised by a belief in a supreme being and an expression of belief in that supreme being through worship.
www.solitarytrees.net /racism/kay/ukresult.htm   (1347 words)

 Charity Law Association   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The Charity Law Association (“the CLA”) is an association of over 600 members primarily lawyers, but some accountants and other professionals including members from charities all of whom are concerned with advising in the area of charity law.  The CLA welcomes the opportunity to comment on this discussion paper.
In particular, in relation to charities the “trust” or charity and the “client” are generally the same so there is not in fact scope for an artificial allocation of charges in the manner suggested.
In relation to paragraph 5.6, the CLA agrees that lay trustees should in general continue to be able to rely upon trustee exemption clauses, not least because of the many practical problems with relying upon insurance as the only means of protecting lay trustees from the consequences of taking on charitable trusteeship.
www.charitylawassociation.org.uk /wparty.asp?k=rad96CE0   (708 words)

 The Charity Sleuths
Is it a reflection of the diversity of the charity sector.
In phone conversations it quickly becomes clear that many of these charities don't realise that their accounts are already in the public domain on Guidestar and the Charity Commission Register.
We have recently found that a number of the smaller religious charities have really quite large unrestricted funds (the money that the charity has and is free to spend), relative to their expenditure for the year.
thecharitysleuths.blogspot.com   (2717 words)

 Charity Law Association
Charities across the UK say the level of fundraising activity for the Tsunami victims is unprecedented.
Charities have greater freedom than ever before to invest their funds, but should be cautious when doing so.
Charities are urged by the Commission to check bank statements carefully and to consider deposit-only accounts for charitable donations.
www.charitylawassociation.org.uk /update-mar2005.html   (2092 words)

 SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Charity Commission launches strategic review
An umbrella body for voluntary organisations has welcomed the Charity Commission's first in-depth survey of its role and functions saying greater transparency in how the regulator operates is needed.
He said that the NCVO would be interested in seeing whether the survey will show the voluntary sector's general desire for the Charity Commission to focus on regulating the sector, rather than other duties.
Andrew Hind, the chief executive of the Charity Commission, added that the survey would be part of a wider strategic review that the commission will undertake over the next few months, the results of which will be made public.
society.guardian.co.uk /charityreform/story/0,11494,1337039,00.html   (475 words)

 Charity Commission defends dual role - Accountancy Age   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Trustees of the charity have demanded their money be returned, and a dispute has arisen amongst patrons, trustees and directors as to whether all of the £4m raised so far has gone into the music centre project.
In 1998 MPs submitted a report to the NAO claiming the Charity Commission had failed to devote enough staff to investigating complaints about maladministration of charity funds, and was too slow and inefficient in its response.
Despite the commission's admission that this was an 'appallingly low' ratio, Stoker claimed 'the commission's involvement was prompt and intensive'.
www.accountancyage.com /accountancyage/news/2024686/charity-commission-defends-dual-role   (791 words)

 Green Issues: Charity Commission criticises reporting by Charities
It was reported on the BBC today that a report by the Charity Commission criticised a number of top charities on their reporting.
The Chief Charity Commissioner also said that it was among the larger charities that the reporting was least satisfactory.
I also reviewed a number of other international charities involved with saving rainforests and other habitats by visiting their websites, and I was amazed how little information most of them impart about the actual organisation.
www.worldlandtrust.org /news/2004/06/charity-commission-criticises.htm   (499 words)

 Next chair of the Charity Commission announced
This is a tremendously important and exciting time for the Charity Commission and her appointment is great news for the whole third sector.
Charities are uniquely important to our society and the Commission has a vital role to play in supporting them, both individually and collectively.
The Charity Commission is the independent regulator for charitable activity in England and Wales.
www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk /newsroom/news_releases/2006/060615_charity.asp   (750 words)

 DSC News Archives - The Charity Commission's plans for the future
Therefore we are pleased that the Commission is committed to improving its services to charities and making information more readily available to trustees to help them carry out their responsibilities in relation to charity law and regulation.
The Charity Commissions strategic objectives must focus on its regulatory role and specifically its role in relation to enhancing, monitoring and investigating compliance with charity law.
This was roundly rejected by charities, charity lawyers, members of the Committee and subsequently by Government.
www.dsc.org.uk /charityexchange/news_archives/char_comm0505.html   (923 words)

 Charity Commission - Government Legal Service GLS Graduate Trainee Qualified
The Charity Commission is established by law as the independent regulator for charitable activity in England and Wales.
Unusually for a regulator, the Commission has quasi-judicial functions, and may, regarding a number of its powers, exercise the same jurisdiction and powers as are exercisable by the High Court.
The Division aims to maintain and develop legal expertise in charity law and practice; act as legal resource for the Commission; and contribute to the development of relevant law and policy.
www.gls.gov.uk /about/departments/charitycomm.htm   (383 words)

 Christian Today > Christian News, Updated Daily > The Church and the Charity Commission - Friend or Foe?
However, I want to attempt to dispel such notions this afternoon, and suggest to you that the Charity Commission and the Church are far from enemies of one another.
When one considers the aims of the charity commission, it is clear that a great deal of benefit can be found in working with it.
Working with the Charity Commission is a way of saying, in humility, that we want to get it right, and that we know that we get it wrong too often.
www.christiantoday.com /news/editorial/the.church.and.the.charity.commission.friend.or.foe/19.htm   (2943 words)

The Charity Commission is established by law as the regulator and registrar for charities in England and Wales.
Their stated aim is to provide the best possible regulation of charities in England and Wales in order to increase charities' effectiveness and public confidence and trust.
The trustees of a charity have a legal duty to tell the Commission about any changes to these details and, every year, they are sent a Register Check form, which enables them to check and update key information.
www.solarnavigator.net /charity_commission.htm   (618 words)

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