Questions to ask before setting up a charity or voluntary organisation.
The legal forms available to organisations, plus a guide to charitable structures and what to consider when making your decision.
Do you want charity status? Do you need to join the charity register?
Your new organisation may be more suited to the model of a social enterprise but the term spans a range of legal forms.
A constitution is the governing document of your organisation that details your purposes and the rules and decision making structures.
The basis of most legal forms is a two-tier power structure whereby a small group of individuals is responsible for the running of the organisation (called a board of directors, board of management, management committee, or board of trustees), but is accountable to a wider group of individuals (often called members or shareholders or owners).
A glossary unpicking some of the key terms.
Other useful resources