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Example charitable objects

We know that preparing the objects of a charity can be very difficult to get right, so we have set out some example charitable objects to help you.

What are a charity’s objects?

'Objects' is the term we use to describe and identify the purpose for the which the charity has been set up. They do not say what the organisation will do on a daily basis.

A charity’s objects must be exclusively charitable. They are usually set out in a single clause or paragraph of the charity’s governing document. If the objects clause allows the organisation to do something which the law does not recognise as charitable, or the wording used is unclear, the organisation is not considered to be a charity and could not be registered with us.

How to use the example objects

The list contains example objects for a range of charitable purposes. If you are setting up a charity, you should read our guidance in CC21 Registering as a Charity and CC22 Choosing and Preparing a Governing Document . You may like to use one of our model governing documents. As our model governing documents do not include objects you may find a suitable form of words to describe what your charity will do in the list above.

To help you to select the most appropriate one, we have included some activities we would expect a charity with those objects to be carrying out on a regular basis. Where the activities are clearly set out elsewhere we have provided a link to the relevant publication.

If one of our example objects is suitable for your organisation, you can copy it into the correct part of your governing document. For example, in our model governing documents this will be either clause 3 or clause C.

Are there any benefits in using the example objects

If you have used one of our example objects without alteration, we will accept that your organisation is set up for charitable purposes and we will not need to discuss the wording of the objects with you. This will speed up our decision making processes because we will only need to consider whether

  • the proposed activities are suitable;
  • the organisation is set up for public benefit as opposed to private advantage; and
  • the administrative provisions (eg how the trustees are appointed) are workable.

If you combine an example object with one of our model governing documents this will speed the process even further because we will not need to consider the administrative arrangements you have in place to ensure the smooth running of the charity.

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