I am involved with a charity that sets up regional charities. We have a
nominally clean procedure which can set up a charity in a few days.
However a constantly changing legislative and regulatory environment can
send the whole system back to square one.
When we are dealing with a new legislative and regulatory environment
for each chapter, the plan for a cookie-cutter approach is likely to
founder at the first hurdle. Moreover cultural and demographic
differences are even more diversifying.
Regulatory constraints limit the sense in which a chapter, if it is to
benefit from charitable, non-profit or tax exempt status, can be a
On the other hand a simple "association" may meet most of the needs of a
chapter, and they should not be weighed down with excess regulatory
burden if that is all they need.