Trustees' names to appear on Charity Commission Register

From 1 April 2004 the names of charities’ Trustees will appear on the Charity Commission’s online Register of charities in England and Wales.

The move which covers the one million or so charity trustees in England and Wales is designed to extend further the public transparency of information about charities.

This will be the first time this information has been available on the Web although it has previously been publicly available to anyone viewing the Central Register files at the Commission’s offices.

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The new developments follows consultation with the sector on the issue in 2001-2.

Some charities, such as women’s refuges, will continue to be exempt from publishing this kind of information.

The Commission reports that there are over 200,000 searches to the online Register every month.

This development has a number of benefits to fundraisers. Prospect researchers for example should be assisted in their analysis of individuals’ charitable interests.