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Key duties for charities and voluntary organisations

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Duties of trustees for organisations working with partners

This guidance summarises the steps trustees must take, when a charity works with partners, to ensure the charity’s resources are managed responsibly.

Reference: CC3: The essential trustee

This compliance toolkit from the Charity Commission provides detailed guidance about carrying out due diligence checks and monitoring during partnerships.

Reference: Charities: due diligence, monitoring and verifying the end use of charitable funds

This guidance sets out the steps trustees should take, before deciding to make a grant to an organisation that’s not a charity.

Reference: Grant funding an organisation that isn’t a charity

This guidance is for charities with trading subsidiaries, corporate foundations or charities set up by non-charities. It also applies to charities working with non-charities to deliver services, campaigns or other projects. It sets out six principles for managing and reviewing your charity’s connection with non-charities.

Reference: Guidance for charities with a connection to a non-charity

This guidance explains when the Charity Commission expects a charity to file a report when a serious incident has occurred involving one of the charity’s partners, in the UK or internationally. In this context, a serious incident is one that materially affects the charity, its staff, operations, finances or reputation, to an extent that it’s serious enough to be reported.

Reference: Reporting a serious incident in your charity when it involves a partner

Last reviewed: 15 June 2022

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Safeguarding when working with partners

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This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 15 June 2022

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