UK Charity Commission to launch new register of charities

The charity regulator for England and Wales will launch a new online register of charities at the end of May which will display a host of governance-related information on individual charities.

The register will include information such as whether a charity’s trustees are paid, whether it is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board and whether its accounts have been qualified.

CEO of the Charity Commission Sam Younger said that the new register will allow researchers to obtain more information about charities.

“It will be much easier to pull down information from the Charity Commission register. We already have six million views a year, and we expect that to increase with this new information” he said.

Source: Civil Society

Excessive trustee expenses a main concern in Northern Ireland

Charities paying ‘excessive’ trustee expenses are some of the main concerns reported to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

The NI regulator has received a total of 284 concerns over the past three years, according to the report Latest lessons learned from concerns about charities.

The report stated that although such expenses may have been authorised, and in line with charity law, the collective impact of expenses viewed as unnecessary can create a perception that is detrimental to the charity’s reputation.

Amongst other concerns raised, the report also highlighted that there are examples of lack of clarity when trustees and their families are appointed as service providers.

Of the 284 concerns received by the regulator, 323 have now been concluded.

CEO of the Charity Commission Francis McCandless said “The majority of concerns we receive involve minor governance issues, easily put right with the correct advice or guidance from the Commission.”

Source: Civil Society

Watch: Boardmatch at the Annual Davy Charity Conference 2014

Boardmatch CEO Chris White spoke on the current state of Governance in the charity sector at the 2014 Davy Charity Conference, in the Shelbourne Hotel. Over 350 charity trustees, directors, advisers and practitioners joined Davy’s charities team for a series of sector-relevant presentations.

New CEO of Charity Reglatory Authority named

Úna Ní Dhubhghaill who is the former Principle Officer of the Charities Regulation Unit has been named as the interim CEO of Ireland’s first Charity regulator.

Ms Ní Dhubhghaill is a senior figure in the Irish Public Service. Prior to her post in the Charities Regulation Unit, Úna worked in the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government in the areas of environmental policy and corporate strategy. She has also worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs on Anglo-Irish policy and later in Irish Aid.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter recently announced that the establishment of the long-awaited regulatory Authority was being fast-tracked in light of the controversies surrounding the Central Remedial Clinic.

The new Charity Regulatory Authority is now set to come into operation this Easter, according to the Minister.

Few places left for Board Member Induction Training March 25th

Few places left for Board Member Induction Training March 25th

There are only a limited number of places left for our Board Member Induction Training, which is taking place on the 25th of March in Davys Offices, Dawson St Dublin 2.

This training day provides a comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of not-for-profit board members and is tailored towards prospective, new and existing board members looking to strengthen their role on the Board.

Cost: 120 Euro p/p

Location: Davys Offices 49 Dawson St Dublin 2.

Time: 9.30am – 4pm


Main topics will include:

  • Role, expectations and liabilities of voluntary Directors
  • Governance and management
  • Information needed by voluntary Directors
  • Board recruitment & stakeholder management
  • Relationships with your Chief Executive and Chair

For further information, or to book a place, please contact Eva Gurn at or call the office on 01-671 5005.