Category Archives: Top Tips

Keeping the register of charities up to date: an annual reporting reminder

While charity registration is a one off process, it’s important to remember that it’s not the end of the overall charity regulation and reporting process.

Once a charity is registered, the trustees have a number of duties which they must comply with – from annual reporting to ensuring the charity’s entry on the register of charities is kept up to date.

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11 FAQs about your NI Charity Number

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With a little help from our admin team, who deal with incoming queries every day, we have put together answers to the eleven most common questions about the NI Charity Number.

What does my NI Charity Number look like?

Your NI Charity Number starts with NIC and contains six digits, for example NIC123456. This number, and the fact that a charity is registered, must be displayed on all printed or online notices, advertisements and other documentation used for soliciting money or property. It must also be displayed on bills of exchange, promissory notes, endorsements, cheques and orders for money or goods, invoices, receipts and letters of credit. If in doubt, use it anyway!

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The dos and don’ts of street collecting

The regulations governing street collections by charities in Northern Ireland are nothing new – they have been in operation since 1927, having been the subject of legislation in the Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916. However, as fundraising by other methods grows, fewer and fewer volunteers are carrying out street collections. This means that many may not be as acquainted with the rules as they once were.

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7 tips for a better charity website

Neil Wilson, Communications Officer, Charity Commission for Northern IrelandLate last year the Commission conducted research into trust and confidence in charities amongst the Northern Ireland public. The results were interesting. While trust and confidence had expectedly taken a small hit over the last year the research also gave us an indication of how people liked their charities to be.

92% of people wanted charities to be transparent, 70% preferred them when they operated locally. 49% trusted them more if they were based in Northern Ireland and 84% wanted them to be well managed. In short, accessible, local, open and well-run charities are well placed right in the sweet spot of public perception.

A charity’s online presence should demonstrate how a charity is all of these things. But how?

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