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How does this guide help?

This guide will steer you through the logistics of setting up a charity in simple steps. We will be with you on your journey – from that initial idea, calling or passion, to when you reach an income of £1 million (if you want to) and use your experience to support other small charities in the coalition.

Charity set up checklist:

Write your charitable purposes

Charitable purposes state what your charity is set up to achieve

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Decide your charity structure

Organising the structure of your charity early on will help once you start to scale

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Choose the governing document that’s right for you

A governing document is a set of rules for the way you run your charity

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Recruit your trustees

Your trustees have the ultimate responsibility for the running of your charity

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Money Matters

It’s best to open a charity bank account before your charity becomes operational

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Apply for registration

Completing the online application to register

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Extra support:

Keeping minutes of meetings

Keeping a minutes book is essentially just keeping a record of all your important discussions and decisions at meetings.

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Download this checklist

You can download this checklist as a PDF to keep handy and mark your progress as you set up your charity. Just pop in your email address so we can email the PDF to you:

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