What is a Charter?

A Charter is a document which effectively gives birth to a Private Interest Foundation (“PIF”).


The document is publicly filed at the time of registering the Foundation and in addition to identifying the PIF’s Registered agent and Registered Office the Charter:


  • sets out the objects of the PIF
  • sets out the initial assets of the PIF
  • sets out the name/s of the initial Councillor/s
  • sets out the Councillors’ powers
  • sets out what is to happen to surplus assets in the event of dissolution of the PIF
  • Provides for the creation of a set of regulations