Incorporation type

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Incorporated structures

The most commonly used incorporated legal structures for charities (and other not-for-profits) include: Incorporated associations (the most common type) – the name will be something like ‘XYZ Incorporated’ or ‘XYZ Inc’; Companies limited by guarantee (the next most common structure) – for example, ‘XYZ Limited’ or “XYZ Ltd’; Non-trading co-operatives – the name must include the words ‘Cooperative’ and ‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd’, and Indigenous corporations – for example, ‘XYZ Aboriginal Corporation’.

Unincorporated structures

If your charity is not incorporated, it could be: A trust (for example, ‘XYZ Fund’, or ‘XYZ Foundation’), or an unincorporated association (a less formal structure, with no separate legal identity).


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