If you are a registered charity, details of your charity appear on the Charity Commission’s public register, available online. On 3 September, the Commission launched the latest version of the online register, which now contains more information than ever about each charity.
In particular, the register now includes details taken from your charity’s annual return and accounts, such as what policies you have in place and what property you hold. The information about individual trustees is also more extensive, and it is now easier to cross-refer to a person’s other trustee roles, including whether those other charities are up to date with their reports to the Commission.
The Commission has invested in updating the register because they believe it has an important role in helping people make decisions about the charities they want to support. They believe there are two main advantages to the new register:
- it provides more openness and transparency on how charities spend their money;
- it makes it easier for trustees to access and update their charity’s information.
Please do take a look and check that your charity’s information is recorded correctly. You can also let the Charity Commission know what you think of the new register by completing their survey.
We’d also be interested to hear from you. Is your charity’s information recorded accurately? Do you find it easier to update your charity’s information? Let us know on [email protected] or tell the person you normally speak to.