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Register a Charitable Trust in Kenya

A Charitable trust is an entity created to hold and manage assets for the benefit of others. Trusts can be established under the Trustees (Perpetual Succession) Act (“Trustees Act”) only for religious, educational, literary, scientific, social, athletic, or charitable purposes (Trustees Act Chapter 164, Section 3(1)). Charitable purposes may also be affected by forming a trust by way of a trust deed.

A charitable foundation under Kenyan law can be established as either a company limited guarantee or a charitable trust.

In order to give the trust its own “corporate” identity and enable it make arrangements under seal in much the same way as a limited company, the trust is thereafter registered under the Trustees (Perpetual Succession) Act whereupon A Certificate of Registration for the trust is granted. This enables the trust to sue and be sued. In its own name (as opposed to those of the trustees) and is especially useful where the trust wants to hold interest in movable and immovable property (i.e. land) in its name rather than in the individual trustees’ names. In addition, by Registering an organization as a trust, it may be possible to apply for charitable status.

Eligibility for charitable status is obtained once the trust complies with the requirements of Kenya Revenue Authority.

Requirements for registration of charitable trust.

  1. Trust Deed.
  2. Objectives of the Trust.
  3. Names of the Trustees in Full.
  4. Postal addresses of the Trustees.
  5. Proposed Physical address of the Trust. Address includes road, plot number, town, and county.
  6. Copy of ID / Passport of the Trustees.
  7. Passport photos of the Trustee.
  8. Copy of PIN certificate of the Trustees

Procedure for Registration of a Charitable Trust in Kenya.

  • Preparation of trust deed

A trust deed must be prepared. It contains the name of the trust, the objectives of the trust, the names in full and addresses of the trustees including powers of the trustees to change and appoint other trustees.

  • Stamp duty

The trust document duly signed by trustees is submitted for stamp duty.

  • Registration under the Registry of Documents Act.

  • Incorporation under the Perpetual Successions Act.

After registration under the registry of documents, a certified copy of trust deed and a petition for incorporation is lodged with the ministry of lands for incorporation of trust.




  • Avatar for kenneth Ambani
    kenneth Ambani

    August 1, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for the information. How long does it take for one to get a certificate after applying for it since the trust deed document cant enable one to open a bank account.


  • Avatar for David

    September 7, 2016 at 8:46 am


    What is the process of petitioning for trust incorporations?costs involved?timeline? KRA recognition and exemption of tax as a charitable entity?


  • Avatar for James

    October 11, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Can I obtain a PIN Number after I have registered with the registrar of documents but before I have incorporated it?


  • Avatar for Christine Ombima
    Christine Ombima

    October 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I need to register a charitable trust, kindly take me through the process and inform me of how much it shall cost and how long it will take for the certificate to be ready.



  • Avatar for Daniel banzi
    Daniel banzi

    November 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    How do i register a foundation? / how long will it take and how much will it cost up to its completion?


    • Avatar for lawrence juma
      lawrence juma

      December 13, 2021 at 8:13 am

      I want to start a family foundation, I need to know the procedure and how much it will cost. Thanks


  • Avatar for Moipei

    June 26, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    I want to register a family trust…
    how much does it cost and the duration


  • Avatar for C K
    C K

    June 21, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Is it possible for expats to register their charity organisations in Kenya while living abroad please?


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