CIO constitutions – Charity Commission ‘Association’ Model

Constitution for a CIO with voting members other than its trustees (‘Association’ model)

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This Constitution for a CIO with voting members other than its trustees (‘Association’ model) is designed for use by founders of a new charity who have decided that it should be established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“CIO”) rather than as a company limited by guarantee, and that there will be voting members other than its trustees (or in addition to its trustees). Founders will often decide that there should be members in addition to the trustees when the charity is relatively large or it is decided that its structure should involve others (such as supporters or beneficiaries) in a formal way as members.

This form is the one produced by the Charity Commission for a CIO where there are voting members other than the CIO’s trustees. This form may also be obtained from the Commission in pdf format (i.e. not word processable). The form we have provided, however, is in Word format so that it can be edited electronically. This form should be edited to suit the particular charity’s own needs and circumstances.

Crown copyright in the Commission’s Model is hereby acknowledged.

A charity may instead prefer to use as its starting point (before editing to cater for its own particular needs and circumstances) our shorter adapted version of this model.

Further guidance about use of this type of CIO constitution and other types of CIO constitution are set out in our Guidance Note on CIOs.

If this form is used but a charity makes any additions or amendments to it, it will need to submit to the Commission with its application for registration two copies of its proposed constitution, one of which is a “clean” copy of the proposed constitution, the other to be marked up to show all of the differences between the proposed document and this Commission model.

Assuming that a charity makes changes to this form, it should mark them up electronically in one copy of it and then produce a second, clean copy, of that marked-up version. This template is in open format. Either enter the requisite details in the highlighted fields or adjust the wording to suit your purposes.

Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the document.

Once you have purchased access to the appropriate document folder click on the “Download Document” button below. You will be asked what you want to do with the file. It is recommended that you save the document to a location of your choice prior to viewing.
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