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Glossary of Terms

Charitable Objects – the purpose of a charity, determined as charitable by law in England and Wales CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) – a type of charity in England and Wales, created by the Charities Act 2006. Charity Commission – the regulator for charities in England and Wales. Constitution – the governing document of a charity or organisation. This is similar to a Trust Deed for a Trust, Memorandum and Articles of Association for a company, and Rules for Co-operatives. Limited Liability – the condition that limits a person’s liability within an organisation to a nominal amount. Public benefit – the requirement of obtaining charity status that means activities must be exclusively for the benefit of the public. Unincorporated organisation – a type of organisation that is not incorporated (its Trustees / members do not have limited liability).

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