Charities are part of British life. They range from small groups meeting local needs with few resources to the well-known major charities with budgets of millions.
Whatever their size or purpose, an essential requirement of all charities is that they operate for the public benefit and independently of government or commercial interests. The Charity Commission registers and regulates charities in England and Wales, so it's our job to make sure all charities meet all their legal requirements and to work with charity trustees to put things right if they go wrong.
Charities receive support from society in many ways and the public have the right to expect charities to be open and accountable. Public trust and confidence in charities is high - we want to make sure it stays that way.
You can find out more information on the different aspects to our work in this section:
- About the Charity Commission introduces our Board of Commissioners and our senior management team and gives details of forthcoming public meetings;
- About charities gives a brief explanation of what charities are, and our surveys, reports and other research into the charitable sector in England and Wales;
- How we regulate charities sets out our approach as a proportionate, risk-based regulator, what our powers are and how and when we use them;
- Making a complaint sets out how and when you should contact us if you have a complaint about a charity, a decision we've made or a service we've provided;
- Contacting us gives details of how to get in touch with us through our Contact Centre and provides contact details for the Press Office and other teams;
- Careers lists our current employment vacancies; and
- Operational Guidance, written for our staff, on charity law and practice.