Becoming a Charity

Benefits of being a Registered Charity

  • Becoming a registered charity does not only mean that you will be complying with the law. You will also:
  • Demonstrate that you operate to high standards of governance and administration
  • Highlight your commitment to transparency and accountability
  • Be in a better position to retain and attract statutory funding and contracts
  • Provide a sound basis for donors and volunteers to support you
  • Find it easier to secure permits for on-street collections
  • Be able to apply to the Revenue Commissioners for charitable tax exempt status and associated benefits
  • Play your part in rebuilding trust and confidence in the charities sector

The functions of the Charities Regulator are:

  •  increase public trust and confidence in the management and administration of charitable trusts and charitable organisations;
  • promote compliance by charity trustees with their duties in the control and management of charitable trusts and charitable organisations;
  • promote the effective use of the property of charitable trusts or charitable organisations;
  • ensure the accountability of charitable organisations to donors and beneficiaries of charitable gifts, and the public;
  • promote understanding of the requirement that charitable purposes confer a public benefit;
  • establish and maintain a register of charitable organisations;
  • ensure and monitor compliance by charitable organisations with the Charities Act;
  • carry out investigations in accordance with the Charities Act;
  • encourage and facilitate the better administration and management of charitable organisations by the provision of information or advice, including in particular by way of issuing (or, as it considers appropriate, approving) guidelines, codes of conduct, and model constitutional documents;
  • carry on such activities or publish such information (including statistical information) concerning charitable organisations and charitable trusts as it considers appropriate;
  • provide information (including statistical information) or advice, or make proposals, to the Minister on matters relating to the functions of the Charities Regulato

To find out about rules, procedures and guidelines relating to charities go to the Charities Regulator website by clicking here