Setting up and running a charity – guidance

Incorporation of charity trustees (CC43)

Information on the incorporation of charity trustees, what types of charity can apply and what happens after incorporation.

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Incorporation of charity trustees

Incorporation of charity trustees

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Incorporating a charity trustee body allows the trustees to:

  • vest land in the name of the incorporated trustee body
  • enter into contracts in the name of the incorporated body

Trustees of both registered charities and charities that are exempt or excepted can apply for a certificate of incorporation.

The Charity Commission will issue a certificate of incorporation where:

  • incorporation of the trustees is in the best interest of the charity
  • the trustees have considered incorporating the charity itself, as a company or CIO

This guidance outlines what the trustees need to consider before applying to incorporate the trustee body.