Before applying for registration as a charity, an organisation must first decide on its legal structure. The 3 main types of legal structures for charities are:
Applicants should note the various requirements and obligations under the respective set-up and take these into consideration when deciding how the organisation is to be established.
Governing board members form the body which has the general control and management of the charity. Collectively, they are responsible in ensuring that the charity is well-governed and prudently managed in achieving the charitable objects for which it has been set up.
Governing boards of charities are to ensure that persons appointed to be their members must :
Be at least 18 years old;
Not be disqualified as a company director;
Not have been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty or terrorism, terrorism financing or money laundering;
Not be an undischarged bankrupt; and
Not have been removed by the Commissioner from any capacity following an inquiry.
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