Governance and Charity Advice

Useful legislation and governance links
Links to public bodies, legislation and online resources dealing with relevant regulations and governance.
Charity Trustees’ Duties
This article outlines what a charity trustee is and what they are responsible for.
Committee Procedures
This guidance is designed to help committees of small voluntary and community groups understand their basic responsibilities. It describes procedures which can help committees to prevent problems occurring.
Charitable Status
This article will answer the key question - how do I get charitable status for my organisation?
Accounting regulations for charities
This article gives advice on the new accounting requirements for charities in Northern Ireland.
Insurance
This is a general guide to insurance. It uses detailed explanations to highlight different types of insurance policies and includes real life examples to give an overview of all policies. There is also information on risk assessment.
Conflicts of Interest
This guide will help organisations identify how to avoid conflicts of interest and how to act appropriately if one does develop. It sets out the legal background and has a sample conflict of interest policy and a sample declaration of interest form.
Setting up an Association
This article summarises how to set up an unincorporated association.
Running a Charitable Company
This article provides a general guide on the administration requirements that charities and other not for profit organisations which are incorporated as companies limited by guarantee must adhere to.
Collections for Charities and Donors
This article outlines the different types of collections charities can undertake, the legal requirements, good practice procedures for collections, and some guidelines for individuals who wish to donate to good causes.
Setting up a Charitable Company
This article provides general guidelines to assist Northern Ireland based voluntary organisations which are considering incorporating as a company limited by guarantee.
Lotteries
This advice will help your committee/board when they are thinking about running a lottery, and will help it adhere to Principle 2 of the Code of Good Governance: "Responsibilities, legal requirements and obligations".
Winding Up and Dissolving an Organisation
This article gives you advice on how to wind up or dissolve an organisation.
Legal Structures for Voluntary and Community Groups
This guidance identifies the different kinds of legal structures that exist and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Risk Assessment
This article provides clear, concise information and a straightforward guide to risk assessment. It will help your committee/board to adhere to Principle 2 of the Code of Good Governance: Responsibilities, legal requirements and obligations.
Sub-Committees
Voluntary and community groups may want or need to establish sub-committees to tackle specific projects or investigate new areas of work. Using sub-committees allows more time to focus on specific issues and involve expertise from outside the committee.
Guidance on Reserves
This guidance was drawn up by the Department of Finance and Personnel following consultation with the voluntary and community sector and is of relevance to voluntary and community organisations, statutory bodies and funders generally.