Name change: FAQs
Below you will find answers to our frequently asked questions on changing your charity's name.
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Most charities will have the power to do this in their governing document. If they do not, there are a range of powers available to them, some of which require the consent of the Commission. Refer to the Changing your charity’s name guidance for further information. Use the online Name change: notification form to notify the Commission of a change of name.
If your charity is registered with the Commission, we will check the name to ensure it is not the same as or, in our opinion, too like that of any other charity. For all charities, including those not yet called forward to apply to register, we will also ensure that the new name:
- will not mislead the public about the charity’s purposes, activities or status
- will not give the impression that the charity is connected with a government department, council or any other body or person
- is not offensive.
We may not object to a name even though it is like that of another charity if both are pursuing different purposes. The same may apply when the charities operate in a different geographical area. This will, however, depend on the specific circumstances in each case.
This will depend on whether relevant permission or intellectual property licences have been obtained and whether the famous name is connected with the charity.
You should inform the Commission and provide information and evidence relating to the confusion. This Commission may consider taking action if appropriate to resolve the situation. This can include issuing guidance to one or all of the charities involved, or requesting or directing a charity to change its name.