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Six principles to help protect your charity when working closely with non-charity organisations

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The Charity Commission has issued guidance to assist trustees managing their charity’s connections with non-charities (such as trading subsidiaries). Essentially charities are being reminded by the regulator to act with probity and ensure that...

The growing threat of cyber crime: five protective steps

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A recent government survey has revealed that over two thirds of high-income charities had recorded a cyber breach or attack in 2018. Of those charities affected, the vast majority (over 80%) had experienced an attack in the form of fraudulent email...

Ten top tips for charities operating with a non-charity subsidiary

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Ensure that the purpose of the non-charity subsidiary is to help the charity to make a positive difference for its beneficiaries. The linkage must be for one of the following purposes: trading...

Trustee disqualification

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The Charity Commission has used its legal powers to suspend and remove two individuals, who were trustees of The Suyuti Institute charity, for misconduct and mismanagement. This means they are disqualified from being trustees or from holding...

The Charity Commission focuses on charities not reaching their potential

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The Chair of the CC, Baroness Stowell, yesterday spoke of the need for charities to continue to strive to live up to public expectations so that the sector can be a much-needed source of hope, identity and pride. The Charity Commission is focused on...

Charity data breaches and electronic communications

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During the last 12 months there have been around 150 data breaches reported to the ICO regulator; to put it in perspective this equates to a 100% increase in just two years. Like it or not, all charities must comply with the GDPR; there are minimal...

GDPR: what you need to know

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is new legislation which will impact nearly all organisations across Europe from 25 May. The regulation has been introduced in order to strengthen current personal data privacy laws and put all European...

Are you GDPR ready?

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The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come in to force in May 2018 and, despite the fact that they have been widely publicised since 2016, a recent survey identified that only 7% of business felt they were ‘very prepared’ for the...

Farmers benefit from diamond decision

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The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 was implemented to clarify and protect the rights of commercial agents who engage with principals to sell products on their behalf. Generally, commercial agents have the right to a compensation...

Make digital work for your charity

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We find that trustees are becoming more interested in how digital can create opportunities and add value to their charity - whether in terms of income generation, service enhancement or brand awareness. In the ever-evolving digital world where...

Trustees should be aware of the risks of ransomware attacks

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The Charity Commission has reminded Charities of the need to follow the protection advice issued by the City of London Police and National Cyber Security Centre. The key protection messages for all charities are as follows: •Install system updates on...

Charities are reminded of the pitfalls in selling charity land

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The Charity Commission has publicly reported its concerns in relation to the sale of charity property and concluded that the trustees of the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain were responsible for serious mismanagement in the way they disposed of...

Charities fined for Data Protection Act failings

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The Information Commissioner’s Office confirmed last week that it has fined eleven charities which have been found to have acted in breach of the Data Protection Act by misusing donors’ personal data. The charities were investigated by the ICO...

The Commission uses its powers under the Charities Act 2011 to permanently disqualify an individual from holding a trustee position

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Today the Commission’s Investigations and Enforcement department published its decision to permanently remove a trustee from being involved with any charity following a breach of the trustee’s duties to protect charity assets by using the charity...

Misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of an Ipswich Charity

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The Commission has issued a press release this morning highlighting trustee misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of an Ipswich Charity – ‘The Kurdish Islamic Cultural Centre’. It was found that the trustees made unauthorised...

“Too many trustees are not familiar with their charity's governing document”

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Paula Sussex, Chief Executive of Charity Commission has expressed concern that too many trustees are not familiar with their charity’s governing document, are failing to ensure proper control and procedures are in place and work, and don’t ask...

The impact of Brexit

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Background The trilogy of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union agree the majority of EU legislation, and the power of the EU means that EU law and ECJ decisions have a direct...