UK charity regulators
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland, responsible for ensuring Northern Ireland has a dynamic and well governed charities sector in which the public can have confidence. The Commission has produced guidance, entitled Running your charity, which aims to guide and support trustees in understanding their duties and responsibilities: Running your charity guidance | The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (charitycommissionni.org.uk)
We are the independent Regulator and registrar for Scotland’s charities and are responsible for the Scottish Charity Register. Our work as Regulator ultimately supports public confidence in charities and their work. For more information about our work go to www.oscr.org.uk
UK fundraising regulators
The Fundraising Regulator is the independent regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We maintain the Code of Fundraising Practice which sets the standards that apply to fundraising carried out by all charitable institutions and third-party fundraisers in the UK. As a trustee, you have ultimate responsibility for the fundraising activities of your charity, including any complaints your charity receives about its fundraising. You should ensure you are familiar with the whole code, but especially the standards in Section 2 ‘Responsibilities of charitable institutions and those who govern them’.
We encourage you to refer to our guidance to familiarise yourself with the fundraising standards and download our latest Annual Complaints Report for insights about the fundraising methods that may require specific expertise, extra thought and planning to get right. Charities are also welcome to use our webinars on trustee responsibilities and complaints handling as part of their board induction and training.
Code of Fundraising Practice | Annual Complaints Report | Good practice guidance on complaints handling | Other guidance from the Fundraising Regulator | Webinar on handling complaints | Webinar on trustee responsibilities.
The Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel oversees the system of enhanced self-regulation of fundraising in Scotland. They are responsible for fundraising standards in Scotland and adjudicate on fundraising complaints related to Scottish registered charities.
NAVCA is the only national membership body specifically for local sector support and development organisations (also known as local infrastructure) in England. Alongside our members, we are part of the movement for local social action. Our members support around 200,000 local charities and voluntary groups (and their trustees) across the country with leadership, advocacy, practical support, governance advice and much more. Our members do a fantastic job of supporting the vitally important local voluntary sector within their communities. We are proud to share their stories, and to demonstrate every day just why they are so important to the success of a thriving, healthy, local voluntary sector. Local infrastructure makes so much possible.
NCVO is the largest membership organisation for the voluntary sector in England. With over 16,500+ members, NCVO represents all types of organisations, from large ‘household name’ charities to small voluntary and community groups involved at the local level. We are also the lead body for volunteering in England. NCVO is one of the founding partners behind the Charity Governance Code. It has an extensive governance training and consulting practice, guidance and resources are available to trustees via the NCVO Knowhow website and monthly governance round-up blogs.
The Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel oversees the system of enhanced self-regulation of fundraising in Scotland. The FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement) supports the UK’s vibrant small charity sector through the delivery of heavily subsidised training throughout the year, such as our Good Governance for Charity Leaders half-day training. We also offer free advice on Governance topic through our Advice Hub. In addition, we provide professional consultancy services to small charities. We have a wealth of experience in working with charities to improve their governance and deliver specialist governance training to a range of organisations. We can support Trustees and Board Development through in-house training, facilitating Board Development Days, undertaking Governance Reviews and Skills Audits.
Education and Employers is a UK-based charity that helps young people achieve their potential by connecting schools and colleges with tens of thousands of volunteers working in a huge range of jobs and professions. These volunteers share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with children and young people through career insight talks, mentoring, job- shadowing and work experience and with some becoming school governors. The Charity also undertakes research into the effectiveness of employer engagement in education and works with the leading national bodies representing education leaders, business and government.
NUS provide expertise, resources, programmes and collective buying to give Students’ Unions exactly what they need to thrive. NUS Charity provides training, guidance and resources for students’ union trustee boards, including the SU Governance Code – the first official adaptation of the Charity Governance Code, tailored for students’ unions, by students’ unions.
ACEVO is the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. Together with our network we inspire and support civil society leaders by providing connections, advocacy and skills. Our members include the leaders of small, community based groups, ambitious medium-sized organisations, and well known, well-loved national and international not-for-profits.
Reach Volunteering is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK and the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Reach’s mission is connecting people, skills and good causes. It supports charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, and produces guides and resources in skills-based volunteering and trustee recruitment.
The Young Trustees Movement is made up of current and aspiring young trustees, employers and allies. We exist to double the number of trustees aged 30 and under on charity boards by 2024. To achieve our mission we need you to join us. This trustees week we have several free opportunities you can get involved with such as our training, digital hub and advertising of trustee vacancies.
The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland is the professional body for governance and the qualifying and membership body for governance professionals across all sectors, including the charity sector. As a lifelong learning partner, the Institute provides training and guidance to trustees. The Institute is also one of the initial creators of the Charity Governance Code and continue to support its evolution and take-up by the sector.
Getting on Board provides training, guidance and free resources for people who want to become charity trustees, particularly those who are currently under-represented on trustee boards. The aspiring trustees we support include young people, women, people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, working class people, and people with lived experience of disenfranchisement. Getting on Board also provides training, guidance and free resources to charities to help them accomplish their mission to become more representative of the communities they serve by recruiting and retaining trustees from a diversity of backgrounds and lived experiences.
The National Governance Association (NGA) is the membership organisation for governors, trustees and governance professionals of state schools in England. We are an independent charity that aims to improve the educational standards and wellbeing of young people by increasing the effectiveness of governing boards and promoting high standards.