Once you have decided on your legal form you will need to write a governing document. Depending on your legal form a governing document might be called various things including a constitution, rules, deed and memorandum and articles of association.
NCVO have partnered with BWB solicitors to bring Get Legal to provide a range of legal documents for charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Get Legal has collated the following links to provide model governing documents:
- Charitable company limited by guarantee where the trustees are the only members (known as the foundation model) with explanatory notes
- Charitable Companies: Model Memorandum and Articles of Association, Charity Commission
- Charitable Trusts: Model Trust Deed, Charity Commission
- Charitable Associations: Model Constitution
- Model Constitution for Small Charities
- Association model constitution for CIOs
- Foundation model constitution for CIOs
- CIC limited by guarantee, small membership
- CIC limited by guarantee, large membership
- CIC limited by shares, small membership
- CIC limited by shares, large membership
The Charity Commission also has guidance on How to write your charity’s governing document.