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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 Being a Charity in Scotland 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.