There are alternatives to setting up a charity but the answer to Community Interest Company (CIC) vs Charity CIO depends on what you're trying to do. A CIC is not a charity, so this resource explains the difference between a CIC and a charity and helps you to decide if a CIC or charity would be best. It also also provides other non profit alternatives to setting up a CIC or charity CIO.
Setting up and running any type of non profit, be that a charity or CIC, involves time and workload, so here are some options to avoid that.
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Here are some key questions you need to ask in order to decide if you should set up either a CIC or charity.
In summary, A CIC is much quicker to set up and more flexible but a charity is better for fundraising and enjoys a range of sometimes substantial charitable tax reliefs a CIC does not. Neither is better than the other - it's a case of which would best suit what you want to do?
This infographic shows you visually the most common types of non profit and the pros and cons of each.
However, by far the 2 most common choices are a CIC Limited By Guarantee or a registered charity, usually a Foundation CIO.
Here's the index for our Non-profit Start-up Toolbox that has a series of toolkits for everything you'll need including registering with Companies House, the Charity Commission and/or HMRC, Gift Aid, conversions and how to open a bank account.
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To access help and resources on anything to do with running a charity, including funding, click the AI Bunny icon in the bottom right of your screen and ask it short questions, including key words. Register, then login and the in-system AI Bunny is able to write funding bids and download 30+ charity policy templates as well.
I am not an accountant, nor a lawyer and no advice can be applicable to all organisations, in all circumstances, so this resource is no more than a guide to understanding. I've summarised the regulatory guidance and augmented this with my own experience and Internet research, but I am not competent to provide professional advice. I have included links to the source guidance to enable you to check this yourself and, if you think you might need professional advice, use Help Finder to find pro bono support.