Set up a charity

There are 6 steps to setting up a charity.

  1. Find trustees for your charity - you usually need at least 3.

  2. Make sure the charity has ‘charitable purposes for the public benefit’.

  3. Choose a name for your charity.

  4. Choose a structure for your charity.

  5. Create a ‘governing document’.

  6. Register as a charity if your annual income is over £5,000 or if you set up a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).

There are different rules in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Tax relief

To get tax relief your charity needs to be recognised by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).