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Charity Handbook, 4th edition

Author: Kirsty Semple

ISBN: 9781860727696 | Published: June 2019

The revised edition of the Charity Handbook includes a wide range of relevant updates and draws on the broad expertise of a leading team of charity specialists.

The Handbook covers material on the key areas of charity law, governance and compliance: 

  • Trustees’ duties and role, Charity Commission requirements, employment and volunteers; and fundraising.
  • Setting up and working with the various legal entities and structures, such as CICs, CIOs, registered societies, and trusts.
  • Requirements of the Charities Act 2006, the Companies Act 2006, and the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016.
  • Data Protection and GDPR.

Key features include a detailed review of the legal and regulatory requirements, best practice guidance, timetables, and sample documents. It is an indispensable guide for charity secretaries and anyone involved with running a charity.


Download a free sample extract from this title.


Section A: The charity's structure and legal framework

1. What is a charity?

2. Legal forms and structures

3. Setting up a charity

4. Trustees, officers and members

Section B: Ongoing requirements

1. Regulation

2. Records and filing requirements

Section C: The charity's governance

1. Charity governance

2. Effective decision making

3. Risk management and internal controls

Section D: The charity's business

1. Employment and volunteers

2. Fundraising and trading

3. Data protection and electronic marketing

4. Contracts and delivery of public services

5. Serious incidents - management and reporting

Section E: The charity's assets

1. Use of charitable assets

2. Accounting and audit

Section F: Charity mergers and winding up

1. Mergers and restructuring

2. Winding up

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