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Part 3 : Becoming a charity

To become a charity, an organisation must have purposes which are exclusively charitable which fall into the categories of:

  • The relief of financial hardship
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of religion
  • Certain other purposes for the benefit of the community

The minimum requirements for registration are that a charity must have one or more of the following:

  • Have an income over £5,000 per annum
  • The use or occupation of any land or buildings
  • Assets which constitute a permanent endowment

An organisation must register as a charity if it fulfils both requirements for charitable status and the minimum requirements for registration.

For further information about whether or not you should register as a charity, contact the Charity Commission. (See Section 7 for contact details)