Charity Commission publishes new Running your charity guidance

Northern Ireland’s charity regulator has launched new guidance aimed at supporting charity trustees on key aspects of running their charity effectively.

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has today published their Running your charity guidance to help charity trustees better understand their duties and responsibilities.

Frances McCandless, Commission Chief Executive explained: "Charity trustees are the people who hold legal responsibility for a charity, for its property, finances and direction as well as for its staff and volunteers.

"The role of a trustee comes with a lot of responsibility but, equally, it can be hugely rewarding as trustees bring their own skills, knowledge and experience to help a charity, its staff and volunteers to achieve their best and meet the needs of beneficiaries.

"We hope our guidance will help trustees better understand their duties and responsibilities by providing an overview of the legal framework, good governance and what best practice looks like across common areas."

The guidance is available to read or download from the Commission’s website along with a range of other guidance and reports aimed at supporting Northern Ireland’s charities.

This includes three reports focused on the Commission’s investigations work, which provide case study based advice on common areas where charities have required help and support in the past:

Frances added: "It is important that charity trustees use our new Running your charity guidance as well as our growing library of reports to ensure they are operating effectively and avoiding common pitfalls.

"We are also currently finalising our registration guidance, ready for compulsory registration to begin later this year, which will help to guide charities through our online registration process."

It is important to note that charity registration will not happen overnight. It is estimated that there are between 7,000 and 12,000 charities in Northern Ireland, so registration will be a managed process, with charitable organisations called forward by the Commission in tranches to register.


For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on telephone: 028 3832 0220 or email:

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