Setting up a charity

Starting a group is a fantastic way to change your community for the better. This section will give you the tools and knowledge you need to get started.

How to set up a charity

Find out what it means to be a charity and what to do if setting up a charity is the right option for you.

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Legal structures for Community Groups and Charities

This resource covers the various legal structures a charity or community group can adopt when setting up a new organisation.

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Legal Structures for Social Enterprises

This resource covers the possible legal structures available if you are planning on setting up a Social Enterprise.

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Legal structures: converting to a different structure

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Setting up a charity

Charity Commission guide is a good place to start for anyone thinking about starting a charity organisation.

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Setting up and running a charity

This link takes you to numerous guides. Within CC2b there is a link to a model governing documents, including one for a Charitable Unincorporated Association.

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The public benefit requirement

Charity Commission guidance on the requirement of all charities to provide a public benefit.

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