What concerns do the Commission want to know about?

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland needs to know where there is a serious risk of significant harm to or abuse of a charity, its assets, beneficiaries or reputation. The concerns we consider serious are:

  • significant financial loss to the charity;
  • serious harm to beneficiaries and, in particular, vulnerable beneficiaries;
  • threats to national security, particularly terrorism;
  • criminality within or involving a charity;
  • sham charities set up for an illegal or improper purpose;
  • charities deliberately being used for significant private advantage;
  • where a charity's independence is seriously called into question;
  • serious non-compliance in a charity that damages or has the potential to damage its reputation and/or the reputation of charities generally; and
  • serious non-compliance in a charity which, left unchecked, could damage public trust and confidence in the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland as an effective regulator.

To address matters of serious concern we will intervene to protect the charity using our legal powers where it is necessary and proportionate to do so.

However, many of the concerns we receive are not for us and should be raised directly with the charity or with other bodies. Before contacting us you should check whether or not the concern is one in which we can be involved.

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