Model governing documents

If you are setting up a charity, using one of our model governing documents will save time and speed up your application for registration. Each of these contains the basic provisions which many charities use.

Updating existing governing documents

If you are updating an existing governing document you may also find these a useful source for model provisions. However, you may not be able to adopt a clause which allows your charity’s trustees to receive financial or other benefit without our consent.

Read our guidance on trustee expenses and payments

Preparing your own governing document

If you prepare your own governing document, or choose one from a different provider, then you should take particular care (and advice if necessary) to ensure that its provisions are compatible with charitable status.

Read our detailed guidance on preparing your own governing document

Model governing documents

Governing documents for charitable companies

Memorandum of association A model memorandum of association for charitable companies

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Model articles of association Model articles of association for charitable companies

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Using our model articles of association Explains how to use our model articles of association for charitable companies

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Governing documents for Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)

Association model constitution for CIOs A CIO’s governing document is its constitution. The association model is for CIOs which work like unincorporated associations.

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Foundation model constitution for CIOs A CIO’s governing document is its constitution. The foundation model is for CIOs which work like unincorporated trusts.

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Governing document for charitable trusts

Model trust deed A model trust deed for charitable trusts

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Governing document for unincorporated associations

Model constitution for unincorporated associations A model constitution for charitable unincorporated associations

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Governing document for small, unregistered charities

Model constitution for small charities A template governing document for charities with incomes below £5,000.

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