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Commission publishes annual report 2014-15

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published its annual report 2014-15, providing an overview of the Commission’s progress over the 12-month period.

Some key highlights within the report include: 

  • 1,306 charities were registered during the year, bringing the total number of charities on the new register of charities to 1,337 by 31 March 2015
  • 10,290 general telephone enquiries were answered by Commission staff during the year, an average of 857 enquiries per month
  • 116 concerns about charities were received, with the Commission progressing 102 concerns to conclusion by the year end
  • The Commission undertook a total of 32 registration workshops in 2014-15, which were attended by 769 charity representatives.

Chief Charity Commissioner, Tom McGrath, commented: “As our annual report highlights, 2014-15 has been a busy year for the Commission, with significant progress across all areas of our work.

“However, while the report provides an opportunity to reflect on the past, we are also looking to the future and the next steps for charity regulation in Northern Ireland.

“This includes continuing our work to progress charity registration, to investigate allegations of mismanagement within charities and to prepare for the next chapter, the introduction of full annual reporting for all registered charities.

“While we are proud of what we have achieved to date, we understand there is a long road ahead and we would like to thank our staff, the public and the charity sector for their patience and support.”

The Commission’s full Annual report and accounts 2014-15 along with a 12 page summary version is available via the links below:

Download CCNI Annual report and accounts 2014 - 2015 PDF (23.4 MB)

Download CCNI Annual report 2014 - 2015, a summary PDF (475.2 KB)

For further information on the role and work of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland please visit the About us section of our website.


For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on tel: 028 3832 0169, mobile: 07827338978 or email:

Notes to editors

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the regulator of charities in Northern Ireland.

A non-departmental public body, the Commission is sponsored by the Department for Social Development and has a number of legal functions where it uses powers similar to those of the High Court.

The Commission has a crucial role to play in the development of charities, enabling them to meet modern expectations and obligations. It is essential that the Commission enables charities to operate in a climate of trust and respect by providing firm and fair regulation in which the public can have confidence.