All charities registered in Scotland must publicise the fact that they are a charity. Charity trustees must make sure that certain charity details are on specific external documents.
These rules also apply to any third parties who publish documents on behalf of your charity, for example legal advisors, accountants, or organisations working on your behalf.
You need display your charity’s details. This means:
It is good practice to state that the charity is regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
If you are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), you do not have to include your Scottish Charity Number but we strongly recommend that you do. You must, however, state that you are a SCIO if your name does not include the terms ‘Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation’ or ‘SCIO’.
There are two main ways of publicising your charitable status.
OSCR’s Head of Engagement, Dr Jude Turbyne, said,
“Being a Scottish charity is something to be proud of.
“Achieving this status shows that an organisation has passed a robust charity test, demonstrating their benefit to the public. Maintaining it involves meeting a range of responsibilities and a degree of scrutiny.
“Research shows that if charities correctly display their status, the public is more likely to trust them – and trust is a key driver for many donations.
“Thanks to all of the organisations who have followed our guidance and are publicising charitable status in the right way. In addition to the many charities who are using our suggested text, our updated registration logo has been downloaded thousands of times since it was launched last year.
“If you would like more information on publicising your charitable status, our website has clear guidance and examples for you to follow.”