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Thinking About Becoming a Charity?


There are advantages to becoming a charity, but you need to consider carefully whether this is the best option for your organisation. Those running a charity - the charity trustees - have legal responsibilities and must ensure that reporting requirements are met.


What does it mean to be a charity?


A charity in Scotland is an organisation which is entered on the Scottish Charity Register. An organisation can only become a charity if it meets the ‘charity test’, meaning it must have only charitable purposes and it must provide public benefit. You can find more information in our Meeting the Charity Test guidance.


For further information on whether being a charity is right for your organisation, how to apply and help in setting up your charity please see the Becoming a Charity section of our website.


Local Charities (64%)
Scottish Charities (36%)