The Small Charities Coalition has created a new digital toolkit to support small charities that are trying to get started and register with the Charity Commission.
A new website, charitysetup.org.uk, provides charities with information about establishing themselves and registering with the Commission. It comes after the body found that 44 per cent of its support line queries are about setting up a charity.
It offers a checklist of steps to take when setting up a charity, including registering with the Commission, keeping minutes of meetings, managing finances and recruiting trustees.
Angela Style, interim chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition, said: “Our members tell us every day that the current guidelines, although thorough, are not always written with small charities in mind, especially charities who are time and cash strapped. By listening and responding to our members, we hope the first version of charitysetup will be just the beginning of what this new resource can offer.”
The tool was developed in association with tech for good charity, the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) and development agency Super Being Labs.
According to government data, some 1,500 charities are set up every year. The coalition hopes that this tool will help these charities in their early stages
A spokesperson from the Charity Commission said: “We want to see charity thrive so we welcome any initiatives that support charities in submitting the correct information required for us to assess applications for charitable status”.