The charities sector has come under increasing scrutiny due to several recent scandals, including that which engulfed an INGO over the conduct of its staff working overseas. Moreover, there is growing pressure worldwide on charities to better communicate the impact of their charitable activities and investments, as governments cite the need for the Third Sector to be more accountable to the public.
In the UK, charity law has its source in the Charities Act 2011 and the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016. The latter strengthened the powers of the Charity Commission, which is responsible for regulating the charities sector, enforcing compliance and scrutinising charitable activities. In addition, charities and not-for-profit organisations face many other challenges.
Our Charity Law department offers pragmatic and expert advice to both domestic and international charities and non-profits. Our team of professionals, some of whom act as trustees for charities here in the UK and overseas, as well as the global partners with whom we collaborate, advise on matters related to financial crimes compliance, anti-corruption and sanctions, reputation management, crisis management, and public relations and communications.
We help our clients meet regulatory expectations to high standards and assist in developing robust policies and procedures designed to meet international standards or benchmarks. Whether our client is a newly established charity or not, we offer practical advice and solutions on governance, compliance and management matters. Here are some of the services we can offer your charity:
Establishing new charities – drafting governing documents, and policies and procedures
Advice and manage international projects including transactions
Full compliance reviews
Implementing Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Stoke White worked with a major international charity operating in more than 100 countries, where it provides humanitarian relief and supports hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries.
The firm played an integral part in the establishment of this charity’s compliance systems. We undertook a full audit and scrutinised the operational structure of the charity. Considering new international rules and regulations for NGOs, we developed and introduced a new compliance system for the charity, aligned with the law. As a result, the charity is successfully making international transactions without fear of unintentionally breaching international law and regulations, thereby allowing the charity to continue to provide relief efficiently to those most in need.