3. Name your charity
Your charity name must not:
- be similar to the name of an existing charity (unless you can prove you need to use it)
- use words you don’t have permission to use, for example a trade mark
- use offensive words or acronyms
- be misleading, for example suggest your charity does something it doesn’t
Search the charities register to check the names of registered charities. Unregistered charities won’t appear in the register.
You can use:
- abbreviations, for example National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is known as NSPCC
- alternative names, for example Comic Relief is a working name for Charity Projects
You must list any alternative or working names your charity uses when you apply to register.
You must include a translation of any non-English words in your charity’s name when you register.
Using ‘charity’ in a name
You can use the words ‘charity’, ‘charities’ or ‘charitable’ in your charity’s name but you need approval from the Charity Commission if you use them when you register a company name with Companies House.