Charities Regulator Objectives
Under the Charities Act, 2009 the Charities Regulator has the following general functions:
- increase public trust and confidence in the management and administration of charitable trusts and charitable organisations,
- promote compliance by charity trustees with their duties in the control and management of charitable trusts and charitable organisations,
- promote the effective use of the property of charitable trusts or charitable organisations,
- ensure the accountability of charitable organisations to donors and beneficiaries of charitable gifts, and the public,
- promote understanding of the requirement that charitable purposes confer a public benefit,
- establish and maintain a register of charitable organisations,
- ensure and monitor compliance by charitable organisations with the Charities Act,
- carry out investigations in accordance with the Charities Act,
- encourage and facilitate the better administration and management of charitable organisations by the provision of information or advice, including in particular by way of issuing (or, as it considers appropriate, approving) guidelines, codes of conduct, and model constitutional documents,
- carry on such activities or publish such information (including statistical information) concerning charitable organisations and charitable trusts as it considers appropriate,
- provide information (including statistical information) or advice, or make proposals, to the Minister on matters relating to the functions of the Regulator.
The Charities Regulator also has powers under the 1961 Charities Act as amended. These are powers previously held by the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland. You can read more about these powers, and the services we provide under them, in the Charity Services section of this website.