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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Setting up a charity

If you’re thinking of setting up a charity, our information is here to guide you through the important decisions you’ll need to make. Whether you're taking an existing organisation to the next step, or want to bring an idea to life, we're here to help.

Here’s an overview of what you need to think about when you’re setting up a charity, and what we’re going to talk you through in this guide.

Rhonda McLean

The work charities do in Scotland is essential to our communities and our wellbeing. We love hearing about the creative, supportive work people are doing. If you're looking to add to the sector then we welcome you and we hope this guide helps you on your journey.

Rhonda McLean,
SCVO Information officer

If you have questions or want to know about something that isn’t covered here,
you can contact our Information Service.
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