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Charity Names Guidance

Published: 20/11/2018
Updated: 20/11/2018


Download the full pdf version here

Download a large print version here (point 18 font).


What this guidance covers

This guidance sets out the key points charities and applicants to become a charity need to know about the rules around charity names, including the rules under charity law and company law - which apply to companies and Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs).

The guidance also explains what OSCR does if there is a problem with a name.

Who is this guidance for?

This guidance is for:

  • People thinking about setting up a charity.
  • Charities that are thinking about changing their name.
  • People advising charities.


How to use the guidance

The guidance is split into sections to help you find the information most relevant to you and your charity: