Good Things Come In Small Packages - New Model Constitution For Small Charities

The Charity Commission has long been keen to encourage more people to get involved in small charities and it has identified that one way of making that possible is to provide a clear and straightforward framework that gives individuals the confidence to get involved. The model constitution is designed to be easy to understand and short whilst meeting the needs of small charities.

The Charity Commission worked with 9 umbrella organisations to write and promote the constitution:

Acre Bassac Community Matters CTN - The Trustee Network Directory of Social Change Navca National Council for Voluntary Organisations The Small Charities Coalition Wales Council for Voluntary Action Once a model had been produced it was piloted in Wales through Wales Council for Voluntary Action and having received positive feedback it was recently published on the Charity Commission website.

The model document is aimed at charities which do not:

own property employ staff have an income of more than £5,000 intend to register with the Charity Commission The model constitution, which is only 700 words long, allows those forming the charity to provide the name and purposes of the charity and then provides standard wording in relation to the charity's powers, membership, annual general meetings, money and property and procedures at general meetings. The signatories of the constitution are its initial members and the model provides that they shall also act...

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