Managing a charity guidance

Published: 06/07/2017
Updated: 15/01/2018


Read the range of guidance on running a charity and the legal duties of charity trustees.


This guidance explains what the law says charity trustees must do or must not do. The charity trustee duties are set out in The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

Guidance and Good Practice for Charity Trustees


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. 

Being A Charity In Scotland


This guidance is aimed at anyone who is considering setting up a charity, particularly those interested in becoming a SCIO, and those existing charities which are considering changing their legal form to a SCIO.
SCIOs: A Guide PDF

Comprehensive guidance on the charity test. To be a Scottish charity or a charity registered in Scotland your organisation must pass the charity test. 

Meeting the Charity Test: Guidance


This guidance outlines the position under Scottish charity law for Social Enterprises thinking about becoming a charity and is based on our experience of applications from organisations who class themselves as Social Enterprises.
Social Enterprise FAQs


This guide sets out the key points grant giving charities need to consider to make sure they comply with the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (the 2005 Act).

A Brief Guide To Grant Giving


Checklist for Charity Trustees – protecting charitable status sets out some of the key areas charity trustees should keep in mind to ensure in particular that their charity continues to meet the requirements of the charity test.

Checklist for Charity Trustees - Protecting Charitable Status PDF


Read our FAQs on political campaigning to help you get it right.

Charities and Campaigning on Political Issues FAQs PDF


This guidance is aimed at small and medium charities with paid employees. It is designed to improve awareness among charity trustees of their legal responsibilities in relation to auto-enrolment.

Charities and Auto-Enrolment


From 1 April 2016, we are asking charities to report Notifiable Events to us. This is when something serious has happened or is happening to the charity.

Reporting Notifiable Events to the Scottish Charity Regulator PDF


When it is unclear who is in charge of a charity, serious governance problems can develop and harm the charity. This guidance explains why clarity about who is in charge of a charity is crucial.

Who's In Charge Guidance PDF


This guidance is a starting point to help those running charities understand what to consider when they are assessing if their charity is meeting equality law requirements.

Charities and the Equality Act 2010 PDF


This guide outlines 6 steps to successful charity trustee recruitment. Having a diverse board can help to make your charity more effective. The right mix of skills and experience will boost your charity’s ability to meet its aims.

Taking Steps To Successful Trustee Recruitment


Guidance from the British Banking Association, Banking for charities,  provides charity trustees with information on banking including choosing and opening the right bank account, understanding banking charges and fees.

Banking For Charities


This briefing note sets out the answers to some of the questions we are asked about the Scottish Governments Water Charges and Sewerage Exemption scheme for charities.

Scottish Government Water Charges and Sewerage Exemption Scheme PDF


Guidance to assist elected members in understanding the role of a charity trustee and the associated duties and responsibilities.

Checklist for Elected Members PDF


The guides take you through the basics of a social media strategy.

Ready, Set, Go! - Social Media Fundamentals PDF

This factsheet has been produced with help from Police Scotland. It provides steps that charities can take to protect themselves and what to do if your charity has been the victim of fraud or cybercrime.

Fraud and Cybercrime Factsheet

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