Charity fundamentals

Fact sheets

Some people believe that there are too many charities competing for too few funds, and that a significant amount of charitable resources could be saved if more charities pooled their resources and worked together.
This toolkit will help your group implement a plan now and not wait until a data breach occurs
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.
How to form a Charitable Company
We want to improve things in our local community but where do we start?
General Data Protection Registration (GDPR) is one of the biggest changes in data protection legislation in history and comes into force within the UK in May 2018. It is important to make sure that your group is prepared for this. This fact sheet breaks down what GDPR is, what you need to do and what the penalties for non-compliance are.
The aim of the AGM is to provide the charity trustees and/or officers the opportunity to explain their management of the charity to the members.
General guidance for Chairs
The guidance set out by the Charity Commission regarding dissolving a charity.
What steps you need take to register a charity in England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Our advice to our friends groups is that every membership organisation needs to decide what type of membership or combinations of membership are most appropriate to them, both from the perspective of facilitating good governance and galvanising support and activism.
A model constitution for an unincorporated charitable organisation is attached below. (Updated November 2020)
It is essential to have a realistic, working business plan when you're starting up a business.
In order to succeed as an organisation, the staff, members and volunteers must know what it is about.

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