Being a Charity in Scotland
Being a charity in Scotland
Scotland has around 24,000 charities of different sizes and wide-ranging purposes, including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities and care providers. Many people give their money and time generously to help charities, which play a valuable role in enhancing life in our communities and beyond.
What this Guide covers
This Guide covers the two main areas of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (the 2005 Act):
This Guide sets out the key points charities need to know about the 2005 Act. It is not a detailed guide to all the requirements of charity law. Throughout the Guide there are links to specific guidance on our website and details of other organisations that can give help and advice to charities.
Who is this Guide for?
This Guide is for:
- charity trustees of existing charities or people working in charities, especially smaller ones
- people who want to set up a charity
- professionals who advise charities and organisations that want to become charities.
Sources of help and advice
OSCR publishes general guidance for charities, but we can’t provide specific advice on the full range of things which can happen in or affect your charity.
These organisations can help with some or all of the areas set out in the Guide and more:
The Charity Test >