To help charities preparing their reports and accounts in line with the recommendations of SORP 2005, we have produced some example reports and accounts that may be helpful in designing the layout and format of these documents. These examples address requirements for reporting public benefit and take account of our guidance on public benefit. In particular, the Annual Report must contain:
The approach we took in preparing these examples was based on section G of our Guidance on Public Benefit. This sets out our expectations for reporting of public benefit in charity Annual Reports.
To find out how the updated Annual Reports address the principles and factors that we use when assessing public benefit please refer to Demonstrating public benefit.
The examples are designed to assist preparers and are not a substitute for reference to our public benefit guidance or SORP 2005. Readers should not assume that the examples show the only way of presenting an item or that they include all the disclosures for a particular type of charity.
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A fee charging school (subject to audit)
The Alltown School Foundation Charity (1.94mb)
An illustrative example annual report of a fee charging school constituted as a trust.
A Parochial Church Council (PCC) (independently examined)
St Emilion’s Parochial Church Council (587kb)
A PCC preparing accounts on a receipts and payments basis.
A Grant Making Charity (subject to audit)
Rosanna Grant Trust (1mb)
A medium sized trust providing grants to support medical research and education.
A company charity (subject to audit)
Dorsetshire Drugs Advice Centre (reissued) (1.09mb)
A small company charity providing services and operating a café and shop.
An unincorporated association preparing accounts on the receipts and payment basis (independently examined)
Westbeach Youth Club (78kb)
An unincorporated association operating a youth club.
An Islamic charity established as a Charitable Trust
Birchfield Mosque and Community Centre (863kb)
A Mosque and community centre set up as a charitable trust.
A theatre and arts centre
Arts Theatre Trust (1.44mb)
A company charity preparing group accounts.
Aid Overseas (2mb)
A large non-company charity established to relieve poverty producing consolidated accounts
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