How To Setup Charitable Incorporated Organisations

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.

Date last updated: 01/06/2015