Administration of Charities

Charity Governance, Administration, Policies and Procedures

The documents in this subfolder are designed to help you to run your charity properly and efficiently and to save you time, whether you are either planning to found a new charity or are already running a charity. The subfolder includes a guidance note about the lawfulness of ex gratia payments by charities, a guidance note and procedures for making complaints to a charity (since the Charity Commission recommends that charities have a complaint policy), a template safeguarding policy (since the Charity Commission requires all charities to have a safeguarding policy), a guidance note on the formalities legally required to be met in relation to a charity’s business documents, and several other useful items.

The first step is to check that what you intend to set up will in law amount to a charity; it is essential to clarify this at the outset if the new organisation is to have charitable status. On this topic, we recommend that you read our Guidance Notes – What Makes An Organisation A Charity In Law which you can find in this subfolder.

The next step is to choose a suitable legal structure and adopt an appropriate form of constitution for your new charity.

You will then need to consider what further steps you need to take to run the charity. Various legal requirements apply (under charity, trust, and/or company law) when a group of people decide to set up and run a charity. The particular legal requirements that apply will depend on the type of legal structure chosen for the new charity and its particular circumstances. Some of the items in this subfolder will assist you both to comply with applicable law and minimise legal risks in the day to day running of your charity.

These Charity Governance, Administration, Policies and Procedures documents are part of the Corporate folder. Access all Corporate documents for £35+VAT.