Setting Up a Charitable Trust


Are you thinking about setting up a charitable trust? Chances are there are well-defined procedures in setting up a charitable trust where you are located. A charitable trust is not much different from other trust funds. But what is exactly a trust fund? It is basically an agreement entered to by people known as trustees. These trustees are responsible for managing a property, or properties as the case maybe, to ensure that it will benefit other people known as beneficiaries, or for charitable purposes.

A well-defined trust fund means the details of setting up a charitable trust are solidly set and would only vary depending on certain provisions of the law. This

means that you are probably going to need the help of a lawyer or other professional to start setting up a charitable trust that adhere to your specifications as well as local governing laws. Fortunately, there are basic considerations that are most likely to be the same wherever you may be located. These can be broken down to two general but essential questions:”Why? And “Who?”

As your first step, you have to clearly answer the first question of why you are setting up a charitable trust. The answer to this question will probably be the driving force of what you are trying to do. A specific answer should help ensure that you accomplish whatever your goals are. A weak, vague, or non-focused answer could very well mean the failure of the endeavor and wasting your time and money.
After taking care of the why, you have to answer the “who” part of your plan. You have to specifically state who you are setting up a charitable trust for. You should have a well-defined list or names of beneficiaries as well as people, or trustees, who will help you in setting up your charitable trust.

Once you have concrete answers, you can move on to the next step. There are various web sites online that can guide you in setting up a charitable trust. There you can see a general flowchart in setting up and registering a charitable trust. The final steps of course will have to involve your lawyer or a local government institution. Work with experts, legal and professional fees are a small price to pay to start assisting your beneficiaries and make the world a better place. It will all also ensure that your enterprise will take on a life of its own even after you have moved on to other endeavors. Once your charitable trust fund is up and running, you will have left a worthy legacy that not many people have the opportunity to do.