Setting up and running a charity – guidance

Example charitable objects

A charity's objects are a statement of its purposes - they must be exclusively charitable.

Documents

Example Objects - Advancement of Education

Example Objects - Advancement of Religion

Example Objects - Advice and Counselling

Example Objects - Animal Charities

Example Objects - Carers

Example Objects - Community Amateur Sports Clubs

Example Objects - Community capacity building

Example Objects - Community Centre

Example Objects - Community Transport

Example Objects - Conciliation and Mediation

Example Objects - Conservation of the Environment

Example Objects - Disasters

Example Objects - Elderly People

Example Objects - Equality and Diversity

Example Objects - Family Planning

Example Objects - Promotion of the Law, Police and Crime Prevention

Example Objects - The Establishment and Maintenance of a Museum and/or Art Gallery

Example Objects - Relief of Poverty

Example Objects - Promotion of Human Rights

Example Objects - Racial Harmony

Example Objects - Recreational Charities Act 1958

Example Objects - Recycling

Example Objects - Refugees / Those Seeking Asylum

Example Objects - Relief of Financial Hardship

Example Objects - Relief of Sickness

Example Objects - Relief of Unemployment

Example Objects - Religious Harmony

Example Objects - Social Inclusion

Example Objects - Sustainable Development

Example Objects - Urban or Rural Regeneration

Example Object - Village Halls

Example Objects - Young People

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About charitable objects

‘Objects’ describe and identify the purpose for which your charity has been set up. They do not say what it will do on a daily basis. They are usually set out in a single clause or paragraph (the ‘objects clause’) when you write your charity’s governing document.

By law, your charity’s objects must be exclusively charitable.

Use these examples as a guide when writing your charitable purposes in the objects clause of your governing document. Your charity registration application will take less time if you can use an example object without alteration.

The Charity Commission may decide that your organisation is not a charity and refuse to register it if:

  • the objects clause allows your organisation to do something which the law does not recognise as charitable
  • the wording used is unclear