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The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
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About the Charity Commission

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.

Our vision

‘A dynamic and well governed charities sector in which the public has confidence, underpinned by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland’s effective delivery of its regulatory and advisory role.’

Our aims

  1. Public confidence: To increase public trust and confidence in charities.
  2. Public benefit: To promote awareness and understanding of the operation of the public benefit requirement.
  3. Compliance: To promote compliance by charity trustees with their legal obligations in exercising control and management of the administration of their charities.
  4. Charitable resources: To promote the effective use of charitable resources.
  5. Accountability: To enhance the accountability of charities to donors, beneficiaries and the public.
  6. Delivery: To manage the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland as an effective and efficient non departmental public body.
Our values

  • Independent: we will maintain independence in our decision making, acting without fear or favour, in the public interest.
  • Accountable: we will be proactive in accounting to all our stakeholders, which will include involving others on a continuous and appropriate basis and taking responsibility for our decisions.
  • Proportionate: our actions, procedures and culture will be proportionate to the burden of regulation on charities of different sizes, to the degree of risk involved and to the potential impact within the resources available to us.
  • Impartial: we will exercise our powers and discretion in a way which is non-partisan and even-handed.
  • Transparent: we will communicate with and listen to our stakeholders and will be clear about our actions, intentions and expectations.
  • Consistent: we will act consistently in our decision making.