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From The Charity Commission (Charity Commission)
  • Online services for charities

    Log in to the Charity Commission's online services, get a new password for your charity, and other services for charities.

  • Prepare a charity annual return

    Charities registered in England or Wales must send an annual return to the Charity Commission or report their income and spending every year.

  • Charity types: how to choose a structure (CC22a)

    Decide whether to set up a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), a charitable company or an unincorporated association or trust.

  • Charity Commission guidance

    Guidance to help you set up and run your charity.

  • The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3)

    What's required of a charity trustee, including your responsibilities to your charity.

  • Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees

    What to do to protect people who come into contact with your charity through its work from abuse or mistreatment of any kind.

  • How to update your charity's details

    Use our online service to keep your charity’s information and contact details up-to-date with the Charity Commission.

  • How to write your charity's governing document (CC22b)

    How to set out your charity's purposes and rules in its governing document, how to start using it and how to change it.

  • Charity trustee: what’s involved (CC3a)

    Find out what being a charity trustee involves, if you can claim expenses and where to get help and advice.

  • The first time your charity uses the ‘Update charity details’ service

    We changed our services in November 2018. Check what you need to do to before you can submit your annual return or update details like contact information.

  • Prepare a charity trustees' annual report

    What to put in your trustees' annual report, depending on your charity's income and the value of its assets.

  • 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. Print and complete these by hand.

  • How to write charitable purposes

    How to decide what your charity’s purposes are and write them in the ‘objects’ clause of your governing document.

  • Check if a new charity is the best option

    Before you start to set up a charity make sure that you know it is the best option for what you want to do.

  • What makes a charity (CC4)

    This guide outlines what the law in England and Wales says a charity is.

  • Trustee board: people and skills

    How to get the right people with the right skills on your charity's trustee board.

  • Finding new trustees (CC30)

    The recruitment, appointment and induction process for new charity trustees and how to set a framework for recruitment.

  • How to close a charity

    Tell the Charity Commission if you close a registered charity. You also need to make sure any property or assets are dealt with.

  • Example trustees' annual reports and accounts for charities

    Samples showing the layout and format of trustees’ annual reports and accounts under SORP 2005. For samples under SORP FRSSE and SORP FRS 102, see detail below.

  • Independent examination of charity accounts: examiners (CC32)

    Directions and guidance the examiner must follow and the role and responsibility of independent examiners when examining the accounts of a charity.