To give participants an understanding of the legal structures available, how todecide which structure is right for their organisation and what is specifically involved in becoming a given legal structure.
The course will cover:
- An overview of charitable status and its advantages and disadvantages
- Overview of unincorporated and incorporated structures and the advantages and disadvantages of each
- For unincorporated organisations issues to consider when deciding whether to remain unincorporated or to incorporate
- The differences between charitable companies and CIOs and how to decide which is right for your organisation
- If you choose CIO, how to decide whether the foundation or association model is appropriate
- Model constitutions
- Practical implications of changing from unincorporated structure to an incorporated one.
By the end of the course participants will:
- Be able to explain the basics of charitable status and the difference between unincorporated and incorporated organisations together with their advantages and disadvantages
- Understand the factors your organisation may want to consider before deciding whether to be a CIO or charitable company
- Know what steps need to be taken to change from unincorporated to incorporated or from CIO to charitable company
- Understand the basics of the registration process for incorporated structures (CLG, CIO, CIC, IPS).
Who this course is for
People setting up new organisations or existing organisations that are
considering whether their legal structure is appropriate for their organisation.
No prior knowledge of charitable status and incorporation is necessary.