Commission publishes online registration tutorial

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published a new, online registration tutorial to assist organisations applying to register as a Northern Ireland charity.

Published on YouTube, the video tutorial aims to provide an overview of the registration system, guiding viewers through each section of the application and highlighting important information points along the way.

Commission Chief Executive, Frances McCandless, explained: "We understand charity registration is a new process, which is why we are providing a range of guidance to support organisations in making their registration application.

"Our online tutorial is the latest support tool available, joining our series of registration guidance documents and our Purposes and public benefit toolkit, all of which is on the Preparing for registration section of our website.

"As well as using the support on offer, we would also encourage all charities to prepare for registration by checking our deemed list to ensure we have their correct details and, if not, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

The online tutorial, which is just under 15 minutes long, is available on the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland’s YouTube channel at

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland began compulsory charity registration, and subsequently opened the new online register of charities, for the first time on Monday 16 December 2013.

According to estimates there are between 7,000 and 12,000 charitable organisations currently operating in Northern Ireland, each one of which will have to apply to register as a charity with the Commission.

In order to manage registration in a fair and efficient manner, the Commission will call organisations forward to apply for registration in tranches over coming months and years.

For more information on registration, including any steps charitable organisations should take to prepare for registration, please click here.


For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission Communications Officer, on telephone: 028 3832 0169 or email

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