Becoming a registered charitable company - registration with the charity commission: if your organisation is a charitable company and its income has exceeded the £5,000 threshold, you may need to register with the Charity Commission, whose core role is to safeguard the public's interest in charity. In order to register your charity company, you will need to:
The Charity Commission also requires that your memorandum and articles of association include:
The Charity Commission reviews each application individually. Therefore, you must provide as much information as you can to aid them in making a quick decision. The Charity Commission aims to register your charity within 30 working days. However, the time taken will depend on a range of factors, including:
If you need to register your charity company by a particular date, you may wish to ask Coddan Formations Agent to submit an application on your behalf. We will complete the paperwork on your behalf, enabling you to speed up the process of registering your charitable company.
Entry Onto the Register of Charities
If your application is successful, the Charity Commission will include your charity's details on its Register of Charities. It is important to realise that registration is not the end of the process. You will have to retain your charity's accounts and keep the Charity Commission informed of any changes to your charity.
You will not need to register with the Charity Commission if your charity's head office is based outside of England or Wales or if your charity is part of, regulated and governed by another organisation.
If your charity's income is likely to remain below the £5,000 threshold, you will be free to enjoy the benefits of charitable status without having to register with the Charity Commission. You will be able to apply to HMRC as a charity for tax purposes, and financial institutions should readily accept your HMRC charity company number as evidence of your charitable status.