The new Charities Ordinance, which was approved by the States Assembly in June 2021, came into effect on 29 April - and Guernsey and Alderney charities and non-profit organisations are being advised that its requirements will begin to be phased in.
Any charity or non-profit that works locally - not internationally - and has assets of less than £100,000, and/or turnover of less than £20,000, is not required to register or remain on the Register. However, they can if they wish to to access certain benefits associated with being a registered charity.
The Guernsey Registry will continue to act as the Office of the Registrar of Charities and other non-profit Organisations, and will maintain the Register. They have written directly to all registered charities and NPOs this week to advise them of the changes which have come into effect.
Helen Gains, the Registrar, said that extensive consultations with charities and sector representatives have already taken place after the policy was agreed by the States in 2021.
Pictured: the Guernsey Registry will retain a central role in the administration of charities and NPOs locally.
“We really want to thank everyone who contributed to the consultation for their input. It’s helped us get to this stage, where the Ordinance takes effect, and we’ve planned out a phased process for introducing the requirements for registered charities as a result,” said Ms Gains.
“The new Ordinance means some new financial probity and transparency measures and mitigations against the risk of financial crime which are important for the reputation of registered charities and for the Bailiwick as a jurisdiction."
The Guernsey Registry is available to support charities or NPOs with questions about the Charities Ordinance. Information is published on their website to assist in understanding when certain requirements must be met by.
Additionally, presentations are also planned which all charities and NPOs are invited to attend, details of dates and venues will be published on the Guernsey Registry website.
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