Setting up and running a charity – guidance

A guide to corporate foundations

How commercial companies engage in charitable activities.



Charitable corporate foundations are charities established by commercial companies. They can provide:

  • a structure and focus for corporate giving
  • a means of engaging with the voluntary sector
  • the opportunity to share and apply expertise in an effort to tackle challenging social issues

There can be reputational benefits for the company and the corporate foundation from their association.

The Charity Commission organised a seminar at which charity trustees and employees discussed a range of common issues facing corporate foundations.

This guidance is the commission’s follow up to the seminar. It is aimed at existing corporate foundations, the companies that set them up and those who may be thinking of setting up a corporate foundation in the future.