Setting up a Charity ....

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Setting up a Charity ....

Postby PatsyMFagan » November 6th, 2019, 3:22 pm

Does anyone on here have any experience setting up a Charity ?

We have a very young, small 'charity' in the locality, specialising in rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals (think Tiggywinkles but much smaller) .. The founder has acquired a site with a nominal charge for rent and will need voluntary donations (financial and practical) to keep going.

My initial googling has found the official government link and from that I think he needs 3 trustees, but then I got bogged down going forward …

Any information/advice will be gratefully received

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Re: Setting up a Charity ....

Postby Seatallan » November 6th, 2019, 4:05 pm

Hi Patsy,

I presume you've seen this?

https://www.gov.uk/set-up-a-charity

Hope it works out for him. Sounds like a very worthy cause... :luv:
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Re: Setting up a Charity ....

Postby PatsyMFagan » November 6th, 2019, 7:08 pm

Yes, I found that and started reading it, but got very bogged down in the detail .. I have sent the link to him.
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Re: Setting up a Charity ....

Postby liketocook » November 17th, 2019, 10:52 am

Yes many years ago and it was easier than the process looks but does subject to a fair bit of ongoing regulation.
The first thing probably to consider is does he need to become a charity? It isn't always the best structure but can have some advantages.
At first they could look at becoming an unincorporated association https://www.gov.uk/unincorporated-associations to get things started and if it goes well then look at becoming a charity or other type of non-profit organisation https://www.gov.uk/set-up-a-social-enterprise
This also might be of some help https://www.ncvo.org.uk/
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Re: Setting up a Charity ....

Postby PatsyMFagan » November 17th, 2019, 10:54 am

Thanks for that ltc .... I will pass this info on to him. :tu: He does have registration of some kind ... not sure exactly what though :?
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Re: Setting up a Charity ....

Postby liketocook » November 17th, 2019, 11:07 am

PatsyMFagan wrote:Thanks for that ltc .... I will pass this info on to him. :tu: He does have registration of some kind ... not sure exactly what though :?

If there is a volunteer's centre or similiar locally it could be worth him having a chat with them, they may have someone that can advise the best way forward. When we were setting up the out of school care there wasn't one but found other local groups a really good source of info even though they were doing different stuff to us the principle of setting up etc. was the same so could be worth seeing what's about locally and having a chat. Hurdles we faced initially were opening a bank account and deciding on a committee structure after that getting set up was reasonably straightforward just time consuming. The club will have been open for 18 years next year but it took as over a year to get to that point from scratch so it sounds as though they are much further along.
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Re: Setting up a Charity ....

Postby PatsyMFagan » November 17th, 2019, 6:03 pm

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