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Trustee Network First Birthday Celebration

Trustee Network First Birthday Celebration
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:30 to 19:00
Room 115; Parliament Buildings, Stormont

What do charities and their trustees need to consider when campaigning or engaging in political activity?

Charities have a long history of campaigning and political activity.  Campaigning is often critical for charities to achieve their objectives.  Particularly so as the funding crisis deepens and spending decisions become tougher, political skills are more important than ever.

However, there are particular legal and regulatory rules that apply to charities wishing to engage in political activity. 

As a Trustee are you aware of what those legal and regulatory boundaries are?

For example did you know that depending on the level of spend your charity may have to register with the Electoral Commission?

And that there is a limit on the amount a charity can spend per issue in the run up to an election? 

Charities must always stay true to their mission, the charitable purposes for which they were established. A political purpose cannot be a charitable purpose.

Frances McCandless Chief Executive of Charity Commission NI and Brendan Mulgrew from MW Advocate will provide advice, guidance and tips on political activity and campaigning at this Trustee session. 

We will also be joined and welcomed by Chief Charity Commissioner for NI, Thomas McGrath, and the Chairperson of the Social Development Committee, Alex Maskey MLA, to mark the CO3 Third Sector Trustee Network’s first birthday.


Date: Tuesday 15 March

Time: 17:30-19:00

Venue: Room 115; Parliament Buildings, Stormont. 

To book a place at this event please email rachel@co3.bz