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Charities Regulatory Authority

The Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) is Ireland's national statutory regulatory agency for charitable organisations. It was established in October 2014 and is an independent agency of the Department of Justice and Equality. The law relating to charities in Ireland was significantly amended in the Charities Act 2009. Under the terms of the Act a national Register of Charities is being established and all organisations which carry out charitable work must register, keep adequate financial records and supply the CRA with an Annual Report.

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Get a Charity Account

Charities in possession of a valid CHY charity tax exemption number from Revenue on the 15th of October 2014 will automatically have an account on the new Register. They should have received a PIN number which they use to register their charity using this form Informal charities will now have to keep proper books of account, something that was not required prior to the Act. All organisations who wish to carry out charitable activities in Ireland should apply for a Charity Account using the this form

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Making Annual Reports

Charities that are set up as companies will continue to be subject to companies law, however, smaller informal charities and charitable trusts are now required to maintain detailed financial records which must be approved or audited and submitted to the CRA not more than 9 months from the end of the financial year. There will be a varying scale of audit requirements depending on the income level of the charitable organisation. See more information here

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Governance Code

Developed by a working group from the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in 2011, the Governance Code is a clearly articulated set of principles and practices which boards and steering committees of non-profit organisations can follow to ensure that their organisations are managed to a high standard.

See www.governancecode.ie

Charity Regulation News

Charity Regulation News


Resources and Supports

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There are a number of organisations providing excellent support and training to staff and board members of Community, Voluntary and Charitable (CVC) Organisations Here are some links to the webpages where you can find out more:   ActiveLink Boardmatch Ireland Business in the Community Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups Volunteer Ireland Clann Credo ICTR Disability […]