Charity formation and registration
We can give guidance and general advice on charity formation and registration. It may be appropriate for the church/assembly, as a separate charity from an existing property Trust, to formalise the charity. With some of our sister organisations, we have created a model Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) for leader/elder-led churches/assemblies to use. This can be found here. It is free to download and there is also a guide to its use.
The guide gives contact details for solicitors that are prepared to help with the registration. Charity registration takes place online and you need to have a number of documents in place before you register. We do not do charity formation work ourselves, but we would recommend that you use a solicitor to help you, as there are a number of pitfalls in the process .
As trustees of a charity, you have to understand charity law and what your responsibilities are as a trustee. We can help with this. We have also produced a briefing paper on “Good practice for charity trustees” which can be found here.