Charitable Incorporated Organisations


A Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“CIO”) is a new legal structure created specifically for charities. Adopting this structure will enable any charity to secure the benefits of incorporation but, once incorporated as a CIO, registration will be with the Charities Commission (the “Commission”) and not Companies House and CIO’s will be wholly regulated by the Commission under the Charities Acts.

This is a new development because, until now, there has never been a specific structure for legal incorporation of charities, so that, if a charity were to incorporate under present regulations, this can only achieved as a company under the Companies Act legislation. That alternative arrangement will continue for charities, including those already incorporated, but the new status will allow both charitable companies and unincorporated charities to convert to a CIO and therefore to obtain this new separate legal status.

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