Wednesday, 3 December 2014

When to change charity structure

If you need to change your Charity Structure PAVO is here to assist you
Contact us - 01597822191 or helpdesk@pavo.org.uk

Your charity’s legal structure sets out what type your charity is. There are four common types of charity structure:
  • charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) – there are 2 structures; association CIO and foundation CIO
  • charitable company (limited by guarantee)
  • unincorporated association
  • trust
Your charity’s legal structure determines:
  • who will run it and whether it will have a wider membership
  • whether it can enter into contracts or employ staff in its own name
  • whether its trustees are personally liable for what it does
You might want to change your charity’s structure because your existing structure doesn’t allow you to do something. For example, trustees of a growing unincorporated charity may decide to change to a corporate charity structure because the charity needs to employ staff.

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