Category Archives: Charity

Refreshing the Board?

It’s always a good time, at the start of the New Year, to revisit your priorities, aims and ambitions. The links below are for charities and small  organisations to use as free resources for conceptualising governance review or business re-appraisal activities.

They are not exhaustive, but they can help provide ideas and a framework for assessment, change and re-energising in the New Year. We hope that you find them useful?

Essential trustee videos – a series from The Foundation for Social Improvement:

 

These audio-visual short films can help you determine your thinking on…

  • Your purpose and pubic benefit.
  • Compliance and acting in the organisations’s best interest
  • Utilising your resources responsibly and acting with care and with responsibility

You can find them here

Membership of FSI is free, and you can locate membership details here.


Supporting small charities – a collection of free resources from Lloyds Bank Foundation in England & Wales

”These toolkits have been developed in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group and our experts to provide practical support and guidelines on best practice for charities.”

We liked these resources a lot. They are comprehensive, often surprising in their content, and free to use. This is definitely a web site to explore. Whether you are planning something new, pondering change or looking to solidify your governance with confidence.

Discover Lloyds Bank resources here

ReviewingDocs image: Tiger Lily, Creative Commons, Pexels.com


 

Managing faith charities as trustees – Commission guidance revised

The Charity Commission for England and Wales have just published revised guidance for trustees of faith charities.

Image in black and white of a church on a hill
Church on a hill – image by Kamil Zubrzyci, Creative Commons, Pexels.com
View, print or download a copy here (.pdf)

The guidance tells us that ‘…places of worship such as churches, gurdwaras, mandirs, mosques, synagogues, temples and viharas are normally charities’. They normally exist with purposes that are entirely charitable. This includes…

  • advancement of religion
  • prevention or relief of poverty
  • advancement of education

The Commission also notes that there are ancillary organisations of faith that are also charitable in their endeavours, namely

  • religious supplementary schools
  • religious choirs
  • missionary organisations

You must register your organisation as a charity if it has charitable purposes for the public benefit and (both of the following)…

  • it’s based in England or Wales
  • it has income over £5,000 (from all sources)

There are, however, some churches that are exempt from charitable registration. You can find advice and information about this here…

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/excepted-charities/excepted-charities–2#church-charities

You can find broader, more general advice on charitable purposes and rule here…

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-purposes-and-rules

Faith community members, who are already trustees, or community members who are considering becoming trustees, will find this guidance, detailed, timely and helpful in making your full contribution to the work of your charity.

A full copy of this guidance can be found on the web pages of Gov.uk here…

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/faith-based-charities/managing-faith-charities-as-trustees


Your £50 donation can feed a family for a week at Christmas

Any amount donated really helps at this time of year…

A financial donation to the South Derbyshire CVS Food Bank could be the most meaningful present you give this Christmas.

SDCVS is a local charity ...registered in England & Wales as a charity (number 1101450) working to improve the quality of life for people in South Derbyshire. They do it  by providing services to individuals and families in need, as well as helping voluntary groups and communities to become self-supporting.

We are delighted to support their good work this festive season. Any amount you can give will be used to directly benefit the charities users, at a time of year that often brings especial difficulty. If you do donate, thank you very much!

The SocEntEastMIds Team


‘This year we will provide around 1,000 emergency food parcels to individuals and families in need in South Derbyshire. The festive season can be particularly difficult for people experiencing financial hardship – so our help and support is crucial at this time.

That’s why we’re appealing for financial donations to help feed families across South Derbyshire who are struggling. This can be for all kinds of reasons – ill-health, job loss, bereavement, homelessness or other changes in personal circumstances.

Big or small, a gift from you will help us make sure no-one in South Derbyshire goes hungry this Christmas’. Source: SDCVS web site

Donate securely now : using your PayPal account or with your card


Give generously…