Celebrating 10 Years of OSCR


For Charities

Our work as Regulator is aimed at reinforcing public trust and confidence in charities. In reporting to us and meeting legal requirements, your charity demonstrates to the public that assets are properly accounted for and that it’s being run properly.

Read about our requirements, complete your annual return online, and find useful information designed to support you in getting it right.

Thinking about becoming a charity?  Read this first.


For the Public

Charities come in all shapes and sizes and make a massive contribution to life in Scotland. It’s estimated that the charity sector handles over £10billion a year and that 183,000 people in Scotland are charity trustees, with many more as volunteers, paid staff and beneficiaries.

Read about what it means to be a charity, what we as Regulator expect from them, and the valuable contribution they make to the life of our country.

Looking to help refugees?  Read our statement here.

24,058 Total charities registered

We are the independent Regulator and registrar for Scotland’s charities, including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities, grant-giving charities, and major care providers. Find out more about our work, what we were set up to do, how we are run, and who we work with, in supporting public confidence in charities.

Search the Scottish Charity Register

Enter a Scottish Charity number, a charity name, or a keyword to search the Register. You can find other material on our website by using a keyword search in the Search OSCR box at the top of the Home Page.

We're committed to transparency.  Providing you agree to certain conditions, you can download a full Register extract for research purposes - read more here.