If your charity is a company or CIO, you can usually change its articles of association (for companies) or constitution (for CIOs) yourself, unless the change is a ‘regulated alteration’ (see ‘changes the commission needs to approve’).
Is a charity constitution a legal document?
Charity rules: governing documents
Your charity’s governing document is a legal document. It works as a rulebook, setting out: its charitable purposes (‘objects’)
Can you change the objects of a charity?
Yes, trustees of unincorporated charities with an income of £10,000 or less that do not hold designated land can change their charity’s purposes.
Can a charity change its name?
On occasion a charity may wish, or need, to change its name. If a registered charity changes its name, the Commission must be notified as soon as possible. The Commission can object to a charity’s name and, in certain circumstances, can direct it to be changed. …
Can a charity change its year end?
If your charity is a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) or unincorporated (not a company) you can change the financial year or period to run for more or less than 12 months. It needs to be a minimum of 6 months, and no longer than 18 months.
What is a constitution in a charity?
A constitution is the governing document of your organisation that details your purposes and the rules and decision making structures. Once you have decided on your legal form you will need to write a governing document.
What is the difference between a registered charity and a CIO?
A CIO is a charity that is just regulated by Charity Commission, rather than most charities that are set up as charitable companies which are regulated by Charity Commission and Companies House. … The other key deciding factor is whether you have a charitable purpose (and public benefit) or not.
How do I change my charity details?
Log in to the Portal and select the charity for which you want to make the change. Then click ‘Manage other charity details‘ and you will see a link to the form for changing a charity subtype. Note that if your charity’s purposes have changed, this needs to be reflected in its governing document.
What are the objects of a charity?
Sometimes they are called your ‘objectives’; the words mean the same. A charity must have one or more of the purposes which have been defined in law. These include things like: relieving poverty, education, religion, protecting the environment, animal welfare, human rights and community development.
Can two charities have the same name?
Your charity name must not: be the same as or similar to another charity. use words you do not have permission to use, such as trademarks or famous names.
Can a trust claim gift aid?
When it comes to submitting the claim to receive the funds, a charitable trust can claim on any outstanding donations within four years of the end of the tax year it was received in.
What is charity name?
Charity is also the usual English form of the name of Saint Charity, an early Christian child martyr, who was tortured to death with her sisters Faith and Hope.
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How many trustees should a charity have?
The voluntary Charity Governance Code suggests a board of at least five but no more than twelve trustees is typically considered good practice. A review of trustee board size might lead some charities to change their governing document.