Small Charities Coalition launches charity set-up tool

The tool, charitysetup, helps to guide people through the process and to register with the Charity Commission

The Small Charities Coalition has launched a free digital tool to help people set up small charities and register with the Charity Commission.

The tool, charitysetup, which goes live today, aims to guide people through the process of setting up a charity in a clear and concise way and was developed with the tech charity the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology and the development agency Super Being Labs.

The SCC helps the Charity Commission to deal with small charity queries, and 44 per cent of the all the queries the SCC receives to its support line are about setting up a charity.

In a statement, the SCC said its user research had revealed that people found it difficult to navigate the current system and often felt overwhelmed by technical information, jargon and complex websites.

The new tool has the potential to support about 1,500 new charities a year, the statement said.

The SCC has estimated that there are more than 100,000 micro-charities that have not registered with the commission.

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 that 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."

James Richards, fuse product lead at Cast, said charitysetup would help to define and test different approaches to providing the advice and support that charity founders needed.

"We're excited to see how small charities interact with the advice and support," he said.

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