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Useful Information for Small Charities

Useful Information for Small Charities

There are a range of websites that provide information and support for small charities across the UK and so may be useful for your bat group.

Governmental Organisations

Each constituent part of the UK has its own body responsible for regulating charities. Their websites are an excellent source of information about setting up and running a charity in their area (and some of the advice is more widely applicable).

England & Wales = Charities Commission 

Scotland = Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator 

Northern Ireland = Charity Commission for Northern Ireland 

For other parts of the British Islands please refer to your Government websites.

Targeted Support for Small Charities

  • Small Charities Coalition - A networking, mentoring and support organisation for small charities.
  • Law Works (England & Wales) - Page of very useful links relating to structure and charity law, including: Charitable Entities comparison table; Corporate Structure for Charities; report on Charitable Incorporated Organisations; Trading Arms; etc.
  • Institute of Fundraising - Aimed at small charities based in England, much of the information that is freely available is relevant to other parts of the British Islands too. The programme of activity includes face to face training, online learning, mentoring, and a toolkit. There are links to various resources from the web page, including: Five Minute Fundraiser; Training Courses; Small Charities Corner; Small Charity Surgeries; and Webinars.
  • County Organisations - A lot of areas will have specific support organisations aimed at community groups and small charities in a given county or political administrative area. However, often these include information that is relevant more widely, for example the Resource Centre in Sussex, an internet search should bring up details if there is a similar organisation in your bat group's area.
  • Fundraising Regulator - the Fundraising Regulator has now replaced the Fundraising Standard Board (FRSB). They have their own website and will be leading on issuing guidelines and reviewing regulation across the UK. It may be worth registering with them to keep up to date on developments.

General Information for Trustees

  • The Institute of Fundraising has launched 'Trustees and Fundraising – A practical Handbook'. The handbook and other useful resources are available online. The Handbook has information for trustees and anyone involved in charitable work. 
  • The Charities Commission (England & Wales) has some great guidance for trustees on their website.

Data Protection 

  • Data Protection Rules for Charities Mailing List Opt-Out - Guidelines introduced in 2016 for charities means that all communications with members and supporters must have an opt-out. We would suggest that bat groups include the following in any newsletters or communications that you have with your members and supporters, or anyone who has subscribed to a mailing list you maintain: “If you wish to alter your contact preferences, including to opt-out of receiving future communications from us, please contact us by emailing us at ”
  • New data protection legislation - is coming from the European Union so do read through the information available on their website

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