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Charity Commission launches review project

The Charity Commission is set to launch a new project to help charities improve their governance systems. The review project is a joint venture between the charity regulator and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and will give 25 charities the chance to take part in a free review conducted by an ICSA member.

20 April 2012

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Sam Younger, chief executive of the Charity Commission, said that participating charities will receive free guidance about where their governance arrangements can be strengthened. The results of the reviews will be collated anonymously into a report for the Commission and will help the regulator identify any areas where new or better advice, guidance or support may be needed for the wider sector.

“The Commission will continue to take a keen interest in any findings from such reviews,” Younger said. “But we envisage that, with time, charities and their advisers will take a lead in developing such reviews as a tool to share good practice and promote good governance. So while I have no doubt that the project announced today by ICSA and the Commission will prove a success, part of its purpose is to help the sector learn from and improve on the pilot model.”

 Seamus Gillen, policy director at ICSA, said: “Charity governance is coming under increasing scrutiny as financing arrangements for the sector, including issues such as tax relief, come to the fore. ICSA is delighted to be part of the project which seeks to strengthen the way in which charities are perceived as trusted partners in helping government and other stakeholders deliver their objectives. People want to trust charities – and we want to make sure that is possible.”

The project, led by ICSA, will prioritise charities that have been registered within the last two years and have filed at least one set of annual documents with the Commission.

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