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

31 Oct - Charity annual reporting deadline

21 Oct 2019Denise Copeland Charity Regulation, Governance and Charity AdviceCharity Regulation, accounting, Governance

If your registered charity's financial year is 1 January - 31 December then you will have a deadline of 31 October in which to submit your annual monitoring return to the Charity Commission.   

Consultation on changes to the application for registration and the Annual Return Regulations 2019

25 Sep 2019Denise Copeland Charity RegulationCharity Regulation, accountability

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on proposed changes that it would like to make to both the application for charity registration and the annual monitoring return. 

Charity trustee training - Autumn series

17 Sep 2019Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Charity Regulation, Finance, GDPR

Charity trustees have a responsibility to run their charity in line with legal requirements and best practice and so need to understand what is expected of them and how best they may fulfil their duties. 

Charity Commission delays charity registration for some

5 Sep 2019Denise Copeland Charity RegulationCharity commission, Charity Regulation, Sector Issues; Funding

The Charity Commission is currently not registering all charitable organisations that have submitted an application due to a High Court ruling which was handed down on 16th May.   

NICVA’s Trustees’ Annual Reporting Conference

20 Jun 2019Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Charity Regulation, accountability

This year’s Trustees’ conference, held on 4 June 2019, was all about the Trustee Annual Report (TAR).  

Charities ‘in default’

20 Feb 2019Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Charity Regulationaccounting, Charity Regulation, Charity commission

There are currently 474 charities classified as being ‘in default’ on the charity register. 

Charity trustee training series

14 Jan 2019Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Training, Finance, Charity Regulation

Charity trustees have a responsibility to run their charity in line with legal requirements and best practice and so need to understand what is expected of them and how best they may fulfil their duties. 

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.  

Is your charity annual monitoring return due?

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

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