The Charity Commission have published new guidance for charities on accepting, refusing or returning donations.

You can find the Commission’s guidance page here.

The guidance’s aim is to empower charity trustees to make the right decisions when deciding whether to accept, refuse or return a donation.

It confirms that the Commission’s position is that a charity’s “starting point is to accept donations”. But it also explains that there are circumstances when a charity must refuse or return a donation, such as when there is a legal requirement to do so, or it is within the charity’s best interests.

With donations being so crucial to many of our clients’ operations, we welcome this new guidance. But we recognise that this remains a tricky area for charities and their trustees, and the guidance isn’t always clear on certain things.

If your church or charity needs help, we’d be very happy to chat to you about your requirements, and how we can lend our Christ-centred legal expertise to support you.

Please give us a call if you want to talk through your requirements and find out how we might be able to help you.

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