Start Your Own Non Profit Organisation
Non Profit Organisations (NPOs) are institutions that conduct their affairs primarily for the purpose of assisting other individuals, groups, or causes (rather than garnering profits for the owners / founders) and range from small community action groups to large social enterprises
Forming a new NPO in the UK is essentially about deciding what type of NPO and then choosing an appropriate legal structure to determine the way you will govern your organisation. For example, you may choose to operate as a Charity (organisation type) and use the CIO legal structure as your governance set up.
The following is a summary of the three main Non Profit Organistion types (Charities, Social Enterprises and General Non Profit) and a link to the Legal Structures you can use to form your new non profit organisation :
A Charity is an organisation that is established and operated for charitable purposes (e.g. feeding the homeless, religious activities, human rights, etc ) and can prove that their activities provide a tangible benefit to the public at large (i.e. is open to all). A charity that has income over £5,000 (or has a CIO legal structure) must register with the Charity Commission.
Social Enterprises can be defined as organisations that run profit making enterprises in order to create employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups, and/or reinvest profits back into the business or into projects that tackle community and social problems.
General Non Profit Organsation
Not all organisations that carry out philanthropic work are charities and not all enterprises that trade for the benefit of the community are social enterprises . General Non Profit Organisations is a broad term we use for non profit organisations where the charitable or social enterprise categories will not be appropriate (or desirable), or where they do not meet the criteria of these categories.
A legal structure is a set of rules (as laid down by the law) which determine how you govern your organisation. as well as define your ventures legal responsibilities. Choosing the correct NPO legal structure is very important because the choice directly impacts how you can raise money, the protection you get from business debts, tax issues, the level of public accountability, etc.
Non Profit Organisation
Start your own organisation to make a positive difference to people`s lives
Once you have decided to start an organisation to make a positive difference to peoples lives (and have a thought of a name for your organisation) we will adopt our comprehensive formation workflow to provide you with a fully supported formation that includes:
✓ Clearing and protecting your proposed organisation name .
✓ Ensuring you make the right choice between Charity, Social Enterprise or General Non Profit Organisation.
✓ Dealing with the various pre formation legal or financial issues that may impact your project including the best Legal structure to choose.
⚠ Do not sign anything major in your personal name until you have established what legal structure you will use.
✓ Ensuring that you have an appropriately written constitution and a properly drafted objects clause
✓ Officially registering you with the relevant authorities and government departments
✓ Providing you with a personalised Readiness Checklist for you to work through to help you put in place all the features expected of a start up Not For Profit Organisation.
✓ Provide you with the details of any suitable FREE or affordable government schemes (e.g. grants, training opportunities, employer schemes, etc).
✓ Provide you with some optional additional services which you can purchase to help you run your business (e.g. including business call answering and mail forwarding services, bank account referrals, etc ).
Indeed, using our service will ensure you get your project off to the best possible start as well as save you hundreds (if not thousands) of pounds in professional fees , fines and unnecessary paperwork later down the line.
Our formation fees, including any consultations, are based on the SMO legal structures chosen for your project and any extras requested. However, in general our formation fees range between £150 to £250. The main exception to this are Charities and Industrial and Provident Societies formation fees which start from £250.
If you are ready to start your business formation (or discuss your project generally) please complete our simple and short NPO Formation Contact Form so we can support you properly from the outset.
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