How charities work
There are over 500,000 voluntary organisations in the UK, though fewer than 200,000 are registered charities. We have been involved in a number of initiatives to highlight the great work being done by the charity sector and improve the way it’s run.
We’re regulated by the Charity Commission
Like all registered charities, we’re regulated by the Charity Commission. Along with other charities, we work with the Government to make sure legislation helps charities work more effectively. We’ve taken part in consultations on subject such as the Charities bill.
We follow charity sector codes of practice
To improve the effectiveness and reputation of the charity sector, we work with organisations including:
- Institute of Fundraising
We follow the Codes of Fundraising Practice set out by the Institute of Fundraising.
- Fundraising Standards Board
As a member of the Fundraising Standards Board, we’re committed to the highest standards in fundraising and follow their Fundraising Promise
- National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
We’re members of NCVO, the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England. NCVO works to support the voluntary sector and to create an environment in which voluntary organisations can flourish.
We work to improve public understanding of the sector
We’ve supported initiatives to improve public understanding about how charities and fundraising work
This website, the first of its kind, provides independent information about charities and fundraising.
- As part of the ImpACT coalition (Improving Accountability, Clarity and Transparency), we are working to make the sector more transparent and accountable. The coalition promotes public understanding of how charities work and the benefits they bring to society.