Charity Regulation

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has now commenced compulsory registration of charities.  We provide the sector with the most up to date information on the key changes in charity regulation.  For the latest on new charity regulations and a history of recent charity law reform in NI, please see our dedicated charity regulation webpage

Basic finance training for small charities

6 Dec 2018Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Finance, Charity Regulation

A series of free practical workshops for treasurers or personnel of small charities to help them establish appropriate financial systems to keep their organisation safe.

NICVA response to Charity Commission's strategic plan

9 Nov 2018Denise Copeland Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Commission is developing a new strategic plan to guide its work from 2019-2022.  It's consultation is open until 5pm on Monday 12 November 2018.  

Help with the charity annual monitoring return

18 Oct 2018Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceCharity Regulation, Governance

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on how to complete the annual monitoring return with helpful screenshots of the online return.  

Good governance and charity reporting

13 Apr 2018Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Charity Regulation

The Developing Governance Group has arranged two further good governance and charity reporting seminars with the Charity Commission and local support networks in both Omagh and Newry. 

Cross-border working is rewarding – when you know how

13 Feb 2018Neil Wilson Charity RegulationBrexit, Charity commission, Charity Regulation

A sell-out conference for charities working both North and South of the border heard from several speakers who outlined the specific challenges they faced and how they met them.

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. 

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

Charities Annual Monitoring Return – consultation on proposed changes

27 Sep 2017Denise Copeland Charity RegulationCharity Regulation

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is holding a seminar to consult on proposed changes to the Annual Monitoring Return for registered charities.

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.  

Independent examination - the alternative to an audit

12 Dec 2016Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Adviceaccounting, Charity Regulation

Chris Smith, Trustee of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) and a practicing independent examiner explains what an independent examination is and when charities may avail of this option.