How to write charitable purposes

Relating specifically to independent museums, this resource is for charities which are guided by a charitable constitution including a statement of purpose, known as the ‘object’ or ‘objects’.

This guidance provides a four-step process to defining and writing charity purposes. It focuses on the outcomes of the charity, the beneficiaries and includes examples of good practice and terminology to avoid.

To meet the Accreditation Standard, museums are required to have a defined statement of purpose describing why the museum exists and who it is for. It is expected that the statement of purpose is clearly carried through from the governing documents to the appropriate plans and policies.

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Date created: 2014

Author: The Charity Commission

Publisher: GOV.UK