What is our governing document?
Your church or charity should have a document which sets out its charitable purposes and its powers, as well as the rules concerning membership, trusteeship and decision-making. Your governing document might be called a ‘constitution’, ‘trust deed’ or ‘articles of association’.
When and why should we review our governing document?
Your charity’s vision and activities are likely to develop over time, so you should review your charity’s governing document on a regular basis to ensure it is still fit for purpose.
Questions to consider
How do we change our governing document?
If you’ve realised that your governing document needs to be updated, the process will depend on the legal form of your charity (trust, company, CIO or unincorporated) and where in the UK you’re based.
For charities registered in England & Wales, see: gov.uk/guidance/how-to-make-changes-to-your-charitys-governing-document
For charities registered in Scotland, see: oscr.org.uk/managing-a-charity/making-changes-and-reorganising/making-changes-to-your-charity/making-changes-to-your-charity
For charities registered in Northern Ireland, see: charitycommissionni.org.uk/manage-your-charity/changing-your-charitys-governing-document
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