This guide outlines what the law in England and Wales says a charity is.
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In England and Wales, a charity is an organisation that is:
Purposes are what your charity is set up to achieve - they are explained in your governing document. To be charitable, your charity’s purposes must:
This guidance explains what you need to think about when setting up a charity. It can also be used if you are already a charity and want to change your purposes.
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