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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 Commission guidance

    Guidance to help you set up and run your charity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 purposes and rules

    Find out about the rules you must follow to govern your charity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Managing charity finances

    Find out how to make sure that your charity’s money is safe, properly used and accounted for.

  • Charity trustees: resignation and removal

    Find out what procedures you need to follow to resign as a charity trustee or remove a trustee from the 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 register a charity (CC21b)

    How to register your charity once it has been set up, what you need before you start your application and what happens after you apply.

  • What makes a charity (CC4)

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

  • 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.

  • Trustee board: people and skills

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

  • 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.