Set up a charity: step by step

Find out what you need to do to set up a charity in England and Wales.


  1. Check if setting up a charity is right for you


  1. Check you’re eligible


  1. Find trustees


  1. Find out how to choose a charity structure


  1. Choose a name for your charity


  1. Decide and write your charity’s purposes


  1. Create a governing document


  1. Make sure you meet the ‘public benefit requirement’


  1. Register your charity (if needed)




Updated July 2023