On occasion a charity may wish, or need, to change its name. Many charities have the power to do so in their governing document. In other cases, a charity may need to get the consent of the Commission to change its name.
If a registered charity changes its name, the Commission must be notified as soon as possible. This will ensure that information available on the public register of charities remains accurate and up to date.
The Commission can object to a charity’s name, and request or direct it to be changed, if it:
is the same as or, in the opinion of the Commission, too like that of another charity
is likely to mislead the public as to the nature of the charity
is likely to give the impression that the charity is connected in some way with a government department, council, body or individual, when it is not
If your charity is a company, Companies House must also be informed of the name change. If a company wishes to use the word ‘charity’ or ‘charitable’ in its name, Companies House will not register the new name until the Commission has expressed its view about the proposed use of the words.
The Commission has produced guidance for charities that are considering changing, or have changed, their name. This guidance is available by clicking on the link below. Use the name change notification form below to notify the Commission of the change of name.