Governance Advice Notes

Our Governance and Charity Advice Team has produced these essential guides to good governance, covering everything from setting up a group and achieving charitable status to best practice on committees.

Legal Structures for Voluntary and Community Groups

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes, Charity Regulation

This guidance identifies the different kinds of legal structures that exist and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Setting up a Charitable Company

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This article provides general guidelines to assist Northern Ireland based voluntary organisations which are considering incorporating as a company limited by guarantee.

Collections for Charities and Donors

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, FundraisingGovernance Advice Notes, Fundraising

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.

Winding Up and Dissolving an Organisation

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This article gives you advice on how to wind up or dissolve an organisation.

Setting up an Association

1 Jul 2013Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This article summarises how to set up an unincorporated association.

Risk Assessment

1 Feb 2010Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

This article provides clear, concise information and a straightforward guide to risk assessment. It will help your committee/board to adhere to Principle 4 of the Code of Good Governance: Exercising appropriate control.

Sub-Committees

1 Nov 2009Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance Advice Notes

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.