How To Set Up A Charity
1 - Find trustees As a minimum, your charity should have 3 trustees. There is no upper limit to the number of trustees you can have, but having too many may make it difficult to make decisions. Ultimately, the number of trustees should reflect the skills and diversity required to lead your organisation effectively.

1 - Find trustees

As a minimum, your charity should have 3 trustees. There is no upper limit to the number of trustees you can have, but having too many may make it difficult to make decisions. Ultimately, the number of trustees should reflect the skills and diversity required to lead your organisation effectively.

2 - Charitable purposes Your charity must have ‘charitable purposes’ that help the public (known as being ‘for public benefit’). Charitable purposes include things that contribute to:  - relieving poverty  - education  - religion  - health  - the arts And many more

2 - Charitable purposes

Your charity must have ‘charitable purposes’ that help the public (known as being ‘for public benefit’).

Charitable purposes include things that contribute to:

 - relieving poverty

 - education

 - religion

 - health

 - the arts

And many more

3 - Choose a name Your charity name can't be similar to the name of an existing charity. You can use abbreviations and trading names. You can use the words ‘charity’, ‘charities’ or ‘charitable’ in your charity’s name but you need approval from the Charity Commission if you use them when you register a company name with Companies House

3 - Choose a name

Your charity name can't be similar to the name of an existing charity. You can use abbreviations and trading names.

You can use the words ‘charity’, ‘charities’ or ‘charitable’ in your charity’s name but you need approval from the Charity Commission if you use them when you register a company name with Companies House

 
4 - Type of charity If you do decide to proceed with setting up a charity, you will need to decide what type of legal form your organisation will require. The 4 common charity structures are: 1 - Charitable company 2 - Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) 3 - Charitable trust 4 - Unincorporated charitable association

4 - Type of charity

If you do decide to proceed with setting up a charity, you will need to decide what type of legal form your organisation will require.

The 4 common charity structures are:

1 - Charitable company

2 - Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)

3 - Charitable trust

4 - Unincorporated charitable association

5 - Charity documents A governing document is a legal document containing information about what your charity is set up to do, how it is structured, how it will run and how it will change with time. The Charity Commission provides extensive guidance on how to choose and prepare your governing document and also provides model documents for you to use, including a small charity constitution.

5 - Charity documents

A governing document is a legal document containing information about what your charity is set up to do, how it is structured, how it will run and how it will change with time.

The Charity Commission provides extensive guidance on how to choose and prepare your governing document and also provides model documents for you to use, including a small charity constitution.

6 - Register the charity If your annual income is likely to be less than £5,000 you are not required or able to register with the Charity Commission unless you would like to become a CIO. Once your income exceeds £5,000 as an unincorporated structure, provided that your organisation / project is charitable, you are obliged to register with the Charity Commission.

6 - Register the charity

If your annual income is likely to be less than £5,000 you are not required or able to register with the Charity Commission unless you would like to become a CIO.

Once your income exceeds £5,000 as an unincorporated structure, provided that your organisation / project is charitable, you are obliged to register with the Charity Commission.