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What do I need to set up a charity?

A charity is an organisation which is established for the public benefit and which has purposes (the charity’s objects) which are exclusively charitable.

Charity or social enterprise?

When setting up an organisation with a social purpose, you must decide what form it is going to take. You may consider establishing a charity or a social enterprise. Although many organisations fall into both brackets there are many distinct differences that are important to note.