Governing documents for charities (England & Wales)

Member resource – guidance for charities in using best practice principles to create governing documents – charity guidance notes and best practice guides

A charity’s governing document is an instruction manual for the organisation. This guidance provides some insight into the power and restrictions a charity’s governing document can impose on trustees and the activities they wish to pursue.


  • Purpose
  • Terminology
  • What’s included in a governing document?
  • Changing your governing document

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