Approved Northern Ireland charities to be listed in register

An online register of 'approved' charities in Northern Ireland will be launched next month with the aim of increasing donations from corporate and individual donors.

The Register of Approved Charities for Northern Ireland has been created by the company Social Investment Exchange, in response to dwindling government funding and low business donations to the sector.

In Northern Ireland, corporate donations account for 2 per cent of funds received, compared with 5 per cent in the rest of the UK.

Charities will be charged £200 per year to join the register and be awarded the Social Investment Exchange kitemark. They must first meet certain criteria to demonstrate that they are legal, accountable, transparent and committed to best practice.

Gavin McGill, director of SIE, said: "Our intention is to help charities secure more business funding by maximising contact between approved third sector organisations and business donors."

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