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.

Double Check Your Annual Reporting Documents, Warns Charity Regulator

22 May 2019Shauna O'Neill Charity Regulation, Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance

Charity bank statements, instructions on how to play Bridge and a grant application are just some of the unexpected information submitted to Northern Ireland’s charity regulator under the annual reporting programme, it has been revealed.

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.

Celebrating trusteeship

12 Nov 2018Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, trustees

Trustees’ Week 2018 takes place during 12-16 November to celebrate the great work that trustees contribute to charities.  It is also an opportunity for charities to think about how they could attract new people onto their Boards. 

How good is your governance?

7 Nov 2018Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance

This is a question that trustees should be considering as part of their role on the board.  

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.  

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. 

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