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New Changes to the Charity Commission website
13th October 2020
“[The Charity Commission’s] purpose is to ensure charities can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society” (Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission)
In this vein, on the 3rd September 2020 the Charity Commission launched an improved version of their charity database. The Charity Commission is dedicated to making their charity database more transparent and accessible for both the charities and the public who use it. The new charity database follows a much clearer form with a dropdown menu, to help pinpoint the area you wish to look at. It includes new graphics to clearly lay out the income and expenditure of the charity, as well as where income come from and goes to. This keeps the information clear and concise for the donors and the public. The Charity Commission also claims this new system allows more information to be accessed by the public. The new scheme includes information about numbers of trustees, employees and volunteers, who in the charity earns more than £60,000, whether a charity’s trustees are paid, whether it has a trading subsidiary and whether they use professional fundraisers.
The Charity Commission has also made efforts to make their services better for the charities as well as the public. Their new display is designed to make it easier for trustees to access and update their charity’s information. They claim to also have a new data download function which aims to make analysis of the charity sector as a whole easier for sector professionals. The new tools also aim to make it easier for potential supporters or those looking to set up new charities to research organisations in their area or those that promote certain causes.
The Charity Commission is asking for continued feedback from the users of their website so that can continue to make improvements.
- Charity registration
- Governance and constitutional issues
- Trustees' duties and responsibilities
- Mergers and joint working
- Commercial contracts
- Company law and company secretarial
- Regulations and compliance
- Strategy and sustainability