Setting up a charity: model governing documents

Models, templates and guidance for constitutions, articles of association and trust deeds for a new charity or charitable trust.

Applies to England and Wales



When you set up a charity, by law you must have a governing document. This is the rulebook which sets out how your charity will be run.

Documents included are for:

Model governing documents are available for charities supporting the armed forces.

Published 1 January 2012
Last updated 11 October 2022 + show all updates
  1. Model governing documents now include editable MS Word formats.

  2. First published.