Charities and community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) can claim gift aid (25p for every £1 donated) on certain donations. Whose donations you can claim Gift Aid on You can claim Gift Aid on donations made by individuals who have paid the same amount or more in tax that year. Check with HMRC what information you… Read more »

How to register a charity

Charities benefit from rate relief and tax benefits, are recognised by funding bodies, and can claim Gift Aid on donations. There are two ways to register your organisation as a charity: Charitable company limited by guarantee Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Charitable company limited by guarantee This is the quickest way to get your registration started…. Read more »

Aims, activities and benefits

When you register a CIC, charity or other company limited by guarantee, Companies House and/or the CIC Regulator will want to know what your aims are, what your activities will be, and who will benefit and how. You may already have a version of this written in a vision statement or constitution. Here are some… Read more »

Why register as a CIC rather than a charity?

Charities can only be established for charitable purposes, whereas a CIC can be established for any lawful purpose (apart from political causes) as long as its activities are carried out for the benefit of the community. Here’s more detail on the differences between a CIC and a charity: CIC Charity Recognised by funding bodies ✓… Read more »