in News September 8, 2017

Charity Commission Training

On Wednesday 6th September, The Charity Commission delivered a training session to our regional SFI Consultants on how to ‘Register and Run your Faith Institution as a Charity’. The session covered the following topics:

  1. What makes a charity 

According to the Law,  a charity is an organisation that is set up to fulfil one or more purposes that the law recognises as charitable, these are:

  • The relief of poverty
  • Advancement of education
  • Advancement of religion
  • Any organisation with charitable purpose which is proved to be beneficial to the community

Click here for the Charity Commission’s Guidance.

2. How to Register your faith institution as a charity 

If you set up a charity you must apply to register it with the commission if it is a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) or its annual income is more than £5,000, unless it is a specific type of charity that doesn’t have to register. The commission will take action to secure compliance if it identifies a charity which isn’t registered but should b

Click here for The Charity Commission’s Guidance.

3. The role of Trustees

Trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run, being a trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives. They play an integral role in making a difference to the local community or to society as a whole.

Trustees’ Week will be held between 13-17 November 2017; an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world.

Click here for The Charity Commission’s Guidance.

4. The public benefit requirement

The public benefit requirement is a fundamental principle in Charity Law; which refers to the benefit incurred to the wider community; and can be broken down into two:

  1. The purpose of the institution should be of ‘benefit’
  2. The second one is the benefit should cover a sufficient ‘section’ of the public

Click here to read The Charity Commission’s Guidance.

For more information, please visit the Charity Commission website.

in News September 8, 2017


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