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Set up a Charitable Trust

Setting up a Foundation Scotland (FS) Trust, is a simple and practical alternative to registering a stand-alone charitable trust independently with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or Charity Commission.

By setting up a Foundation Scotland Charitable Trust, you can enjoy the benefits of making donations and supportingTalking Philanthropy your favourite causes, without having to deal with the regulations and on-going administration of actually managing a trust. There is no need to worry about preparing annual accounts, reporting annually to the charity regulator, appointing trustees, organising meetings, arranging and monitoring payments. Foundation Scotland looks after all of these things for you, leaving you free to enjoy your philanthropy.

An FS Trust is a low cost, tax-efficient and flexible way to give to charity. Legal responsibility lies with Foundation Scotland’s trustees, however donors can retain full control over where charitable funds are distributed. You will need a minimum of £25K to open an FS Trust.  

For more information about setting up an FS Trust contact our Philanthropy team on 0131 524 0300 or email

The Charity Commission has acknowledged that community foundations have a reputation for the effective management of charitable funds to maximise their imapct at a local level.

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