A new relationship       What the Commission’s new       strategy means for charitiesSam Younger, Chief Executive12 May 2011
Why a new strategy?• Existing strategy covered 2006-2011 –  strategic review was always planned for 2010-11• Reduction in ...
Listening to you – the consultation
The consultation process• Full public consultation3-month consultation which attracted over 300 responses• Extensive discu...
What did we ask?Our consultation asked people to:                          “The Commission should be rigorous-   Identify ...
What did you tell us?Main risks facing the sector      Funding – by far most frequently cited risk      Rising demand for ...
What did you tell us?Key expectations of the Charity Commission    Areas of general consensus•   Prevent/ investigate abus...
What did you tell us?Key expectations of the Charity Commission    Areas put forward by some•   Lobby government on charit...
What did CFDG say?Commission should…• Ensure we remain able to maintain public trust  and confidence• consider charging ad...
Key principles
What did you tell us?Warm endorsement of role of independent regulatorEndorsement of Commission’s current role and focusNo...
Who do we exist to serve?     the Commission exists to            serve the public
Who are the public?       •   Donors       •   Taxpayers       •   Beneficiaries       •   Volunteers       •   Trustees
What should be our focus?  Commission should focus on       things only we can do
Rebalancing the relationship:   reinforcing trustees’       self-reliance
What this means  for charities
Rebalancing the relationshipTrustees will see……greater self-reliance – or greater reliance on advisors…greater accountabil...
Rebalancing the relationshipCommission will……make processes more streamlined…review information required of charities…prod...
What this means for the        sector
Umbrella bodies• Bodies such as CFDG take on enhanced role  in providing one-to-one advice to trustees• Umbrella bodies as...
Peer review programme• Partnership between Commission and sector  (umbrella bodies and individual charities)• Identifying ...
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Forging a New Partnership: What the Commission's new strategy means for Charities by Sam Younger, Charity Commission

  1. 1. A new relationship What the Commission’s new strategy means for charitiesSam Younger, Chief Executive12 May 2011
  2. 2. Why a new strategy?• Existing strategy covered 2006-2011 – strategic review was always planned for 2010-11• Reduction in our budget of 33% over four years – need to set new priorities• Times are changing – Advances in technology and behaviour give us opportunities to do things differently
  3. 3. Listening to you – the consultation
  4. 4. The consultation process• Full public consultation3-month consultation which attracted over 300 responses• Extensive discussions with key stakeholdersOver 80 meetings between Commission and charities, MPsand other regulators• Interaction with charities and publicIpsos Mori focus groups with members of the publicStrategic review blogsite viewed nearly 12,000 times
  5. 5. What did we ask?Our consultation asked people to: “The Commission should be rigorous- Identify what they considered thebefore accepting and questioning main risks facing sector over next 5 years registrations” v “The Commission should encourage charitable activity through a light touch- Name their preferred approach to key registration process” questions• Name bodies that could take on functions that we currently have
  6. 6. What did you tell us?Main risks facing the sector Funding – by far most frequently cited risk Rising demand for services Governance/skills issues Bureaucracy Fraud/abuse Future of ‘charity brand’
  7. 7. What did you tell us?Key expectations of the Charity Commission Areas of general consensus• Prevent/ investigate abuse in charities (esp. fraud)• Ensure charities are transparent with financial information• Robust registration process• Uphold charity brand• Publish advice for charities
  8. 8. What did you tell us?Key expectations of the Charity Commission Areas put forward by some• Lobby government on charity issues/ champion the sector• Provide individual advice to small charities• Provide information/ research about the sector• Encourage trusteeship• Promote charitable giving• Promote effective use of charitable resources
  9. 9. What did CFDG say?Commission should…• Ensure we remain able to maintain public trust and confidence• consider charging advisers (e.g. lawyers) for using our services• maintain advice function for small charities• charge for late submission of documents?• strengthen partnerships with umbrella bodies
  10. 10. Key principles
  11. 11. What did you tell us?Warm endorsement of role of independent regulatorEndorsement of Commission’s current role and focusNo support for radical change
  12. 12. Who do we exist to serve? the Commission exists to serve the public
  13. 13. Who are the public? • Donors • Taxpayers • Beneficiaries • Volunteers • Trustees
  14. 14. What should be our focus? Commission should focus on things only we can do
  15. 15. Rebalancing the relationship: reinforcing trustees’ self-reliance
  16. 16. What this means for charities
  17. 17. Rebalancing the relationshipTrustees will see……greater self-reliance – or greater reliance on advisors…greater accountability to public…less individual interaction with the Commission…more independence to take certain decisions…less hand-holding by Commission
  18. 18. Rebalancing the relationshipCommission will……make processes more streamlined…review information required of charities…produce more tailored guidance…provide less individual advice (currently ca 30% of our work)…take proactive approach to risk assessment…intervene only in cases of serious and systemic risk
  19. 19. What this means for the sector
  20. 20. Umbrella bodies• Bodies such as CFDG take on enhanced role in providing one-to-one advice to trustees• Umbrella bodies as ‘champions of the sector’• Shared responsibility for upholding reputation of the sector
  21. 21. Peer review programme• Partnership between Commission and sector (umbrella bodies and individual charities)• Identifying areas of greatest risk to sector• Helping charities develop ways of addressing risks
  22. 22. Any questions

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