Charity Commission updates guidance on setting up a charity

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Charities are reminded that the Charity Commission regularly updates its guidance notes and provides detailed information on how to set up and manage your charity.

This week the Commission has updated its guidance in three keys areas for organisations considering setting up a charity or changing their structure:

  • How to set up a charity – this guide looks at what it means to be a charity and provides practical advice on what to do if you decide that setting up a charity is the right option for you;
  • Charity types: how to choose a structure – this guide lists the different types of structure for your organisation and helps you to decide whether you should set up as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), a charitable company or an unincorporated association or trust; and
  • How to write charitable purposes - this guide helps those setting up a charity to decide what the charity's purposes are and of the importance of writing them in the 'objects' clause of your governing document.

Click on the title of each of the guides above to go directly to that guidance or to browse the full range of guidance offered by the Charity Commission, please visit its website.

If your charity needs tailored legal advice on setting up or managing your charity, including changing your charity's structure, please contact any member of our Charities team.