Governance

Our Governance and Charity Advice Service offers information and practical help about good governance for charities on a wide range of topics listed below. You can find out more about governance issues on our Governance and Charity Advice webpage or view our Governance Advice Notes for further support.

Good Governance and Charity reporting

12 Feb 2018Denise Copeland Developing Governance GroupGovernance, Charity Regulation, fundraising regulation, GDPR

Almost 6,000 charities are now registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and as such, must adhere to the reporting requirements for all registered charities. 

Annual charity reporting – getting ready for the 2018 deadline

13 Dec 2017Denise Copeland Charity Regulationaccounting, Governance

This New Year's Day, over 1,000 charities will be notified by the charity regulator that they have 10 months in which to submit their annual accounts.  

Changes to the annual monitoring return for charities

16 Nov 2017Denise Copeland Charity RegulationCharity Regulation, Governance

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on changes to the Annual Monitoring Return which all registered charities will have to complete – deadline for consultation responses is 5 pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017

Trustees Week 2017

13 Nov 2017Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance

Trustees’ Week 2017 takes place during 13-17 November this year to celebrate trusteeship, inspire and inform existing trustees and invite people to use their skills and experience in a role that supports important causes. 

Basic book-keeping for small charities

31 Jul 2017Denise Copeland Training and skills, Governance and Charity AdviceFinance, accounting, Governance

A series of practical workshops for treasurers of small charities to help establish appropriate financial systems. 

Serious Incident Reporting draft guidance

7 Jul 2017Denise Copeland Charity RegulationGovernance, Charity Regulation

The Charity Commission for NI is currently consulting on its draft guidance on serious incident reporting which will help trustees to determine what a serious incident is and when they need to report on it.  

Street Collections – Police issue reminder regarding Regulations

22 Jun 2017Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, fundraising regulation, Fundraising

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is responsible for granting permits for charity street collections and as such, have issued the following guidance to assist charities when conducting street collections.

Charity Trustee Conference on Understanding Charity Finance

10 Nov 2016Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Charity Regulation, Finance

Tuesday’s charity trustee conference on understanding charity finance attracted a good number of board members and employees from a wide range of charitable organisations, both large and small.

Trustees’ Week 2016 (7 – 13 November)

3 Nov 2016Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, trustees

Trustees’ Week 2016 celebrates the UK’s 1 million trustees and promotes the benefits of volunteering to be a trustee. This year Trustees’ Week focuses on good governance and the skills needed to make trustees effective leaders. 

Recognising the vital role trustees play

31 Oct 2016Sandra Bailie Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, trustees, leadership

Trustees’ week, beginning 7 November, is a great opportunity to recognise the vital work that the thousands of trustees in Northern Ireland do to lead and serve their organisations.