The Charity Commission registers and regulates charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence.
The five statutory objectives, set out in the Charities Act 2011, are:
1. The public confidence objective: to increase public trust and confidence in charities.
2. The public benefit objective: to promote awareness and understanding of the operation of the public benefit requirement.
3. The compliance objective: to promote compliance by charity trustees with their legal obligations in exercising control and management of the administration of charities.
4. The charitable resources objective: to promote the effective use of charitable resources.
5. The accountability objective: to enhance the accountability of charities to donors, beneficiaries and the public.
The Charity Commission aims to fulfil these objectives by:
• promoting clear guidance to trustees on what their legal obligations are and how they can ensure compliance
• enhancing the rigour with which they hold charities accountable
• upholding the definition of charity under charity law
They are confident that the Charity Commission can promote public trust and confidence in charities, and thereby encourage charitable giving and endeavour in all its forms.