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Notification of Changes
To ensure your information on the Charities Register is as accurate and up-to-date as possible, you need to advise the Commission when certain important changes take place.
Once your charity is registered, information you have provided about it will be publicly available on the Charities Register.
To ensure your information is as accurate and up-to-date as possible, you need to advise the Charities Commission when certain important changes take place. We also need to be sure that your registration status isn't affected by any changes you make.
You must let us know about changes to these six key areas (including the date when the change comes into effect):
- the name of your charity
- the address for service
- the balance date
- the rules
- the purposes of your charity
- a change in the officers (including new appointments).
How do we notify the Commission about changes to our organisation?
You must use either the
If you prefer, you can request paper copies by emailing email@example.com or by calling us on freephone 0508 CHARITIES (0508 242 748). Please note: all calls to the Charities Commission's free information line are recorded. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to us, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must notify us of any changes no later than three months after:
- the change takes place, or
- your charity becomes aware of the change (whichever is the later).
Some changes that you need to tell us about may take place at your annual general meeting (AGM). In this case you may choose to report them as part of your Annual Return; as long as we receive your Annual Return Form within three months of the changes being made.
What effects will these changes have?
Changing your name
If your charity is registered with the Companies Office, as an incorporated society, a registered charitable trust, or a company, you must send changes to its name to the Companies Office for their approval before notifying us.
Changing your rules
If you are reporting changes to your rules, you must also provide a copy of:
- the amendment to the rules
- the minutes of the meeting or other record of the decision specifying the change and the effective date of the change.
If your charity is registered with the Companies Office, as an incorporated society, a registered charitable trust or a company, you must send changes to your rules to the Companies Office for their approval before notifying us.
Changing your officers
If your officers change you must notify us. When you appoint a new officer, you must send us a completed Officer Certification Form for the new officer with your notification of change.
Changing your balance date
If you want to change your balance date and:
- there will be more than 15 months between the two balance dates or
- the charity will not have a balance date in each calendar year
We must approve this proposed change before the change is made. Otherwise, you can change your balance date, and then notify us.