Charity Commission launches new Statement of Strategic Intent

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9 October, 2018


The Charity Commission has released a new Statement of Strategic Intent, which sets out its core purpose and priorities for the five years to 2023.

It says that the new purpose will “…ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society”.

The commission says that the statement aims to ensure that charities can show that they are being true to their purposes, demonstrate the difference they’re making, and meet the high expectations the public has of charities. It will not replace the commission’s statutory objectives, which it will continue to fulfil.

These expectations include that a charity must be more than an organisation with worthy aims. It must be a living example of charitable purpose, charitable attitudes, and charitable behaviour.

Our Statement of Strategic Intent sets out and explains five new strategic objectives. They are:

  • Holding charities to account
  • Dealing with wrongdoing and harm
  • Informing public choice
  • Giving charities the understanding and tools they need to succeed
  • Keeping charity relevant for today’s world

Baroness Stowell, Chair of the Charity Commission, said: “From now on, the commission is a purpose-driven regulator. We are clear not just on what we do, but about why we do it.

“Our great challenge is that charities are not always living up to the public’s expectation that being a charity is about how we behave, not just what we set out to achieve. The public, quite reasonably, expect a charity to have charitable aims, and to be a living, breathing expression of charitable behaviour and attitude.”

The commission is now working on a detailed road map that will translate the Statement of Strategic Intent into a plan for action. It also intends to engage and consult with various stakeholders over specific proposals or changes.

Voscur offers governance support to board members and chief executive officers. We focus on helping boards to work as effectively as they can and to carry out their duties towards regulators and better serve the beneficiaries of their organisations.

We will be providing further analysis of the Statement of Strategic Intent in the coming weeks.

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Click here to read the Statement of Strategic Intent.

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