Charitable Trust Creation

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What is a Charitable Trust?

A Charitable Trust is set up by individuals, families and others who wish to benefit a charitable cause in perpetuity. The structure is similar to a Family Trust with the exception that the trust must act exclusively or principally for charitable purposes, which include:

  • the advancement of education;
  • the advancement of religion;
  • the relief of poverty, sickness or disability and
  • any other purpose that benefits the community.

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Types of Trusts

1. Unincorporated charitable trust

This type of charitable trust may be used when someone sets up a trust to provide funds for a particular cause. Like any unincorporated group, there are limitations to this type of trust and it’s not recommended for an ongoing community group.

2. Registered charitable trust (trust-based)

With this type of charitable trust, two or more trustees can set up a trust for a charitable purpose. This is useful if the initial trustees want to retain control of the organisation, including appointing further trustees.

3. Registered charitable trust (society-based)

With this type of charitable trust, an established group (or a minimum of five people) can register a society as a charitable trust board under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 as long as it meets the requirements of being charitable. On incorporation, the members of the society become members of the board.

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