Before the setting out on the rather arduous road to setting up your charity, there are two important questions to ask yourself:
Firstly, is setting up a charity the most effective way of achieving your aims? Would donating to or fundraising for an existing charity with similar aims be a more efficient of achieving your goals?
Secondly, do you qualify as a charity? For example, you cannot be granted the tax advantages charitable status if your charity is for the benefit of a specific named individual or individuals. To be charitable, you would therefore need to define the people who can benefit from your organisation much more widely. More generally, to qualify as a charity, your organisation must have purposes which are exclusively charitable and must be set up for the benefit of the public. The new Charities Act 2006 has a list of activities which qualify (http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/spr/corcom1.asp#2).
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