Archive for the ‘Charity Shorts’ Category

The Center Point of Ramsbury Manor Charity

The center of this charity and it’s co-charity the Capricorn Foundation 1135174 is the income from Harry Hyams estate. Income of £440million pounds of cash and assets has been received including a £250 million debt from the estate.

Harry Hyams was a post war property magnate who built the London landmark Center Point. He built an extensive art collection from his property dealings despite suffering one of the countries largest burglaries in 2008.

Despite a life time seeking privacy and a reluctance to court publicity his collection of paintings, antiques and vintage vehicles are to be displayed to the public at his  home Ramsbury Manor.

Concerns

Is it churlish to question why the ‘In the Trustees’ opinion, the Capricorn Foundation as an unincorporated charity, is not a suitable vehicle for running an operational heritage charity with public access.
They have therefore set up an incorporated charity named the Ramsbury Manor Foundation (charity registration
number 10874451) for this purpose.’ Doubtless there are inheritance and taxation issues involved.

It was Mr Hyams’ wish that the Ramsbury Manor estate and the collections should be conserved and made available for public enjoyment and education. Let us hope it is made available quicker than was the case with Center point office space.

 

Whistle Blowing Scares the Horses

210504 – The British Horse Society is the UK’s largest membership-based equine charity.
They have had their troubles recently including  points for a refusal with trustees allegedly refusing to take complaints seriously.
There are fences down as a result of  more than its fair share of ‘Whistle-blowers’ (great horse name). That is supported by the number of non disclosure agreements (NDAs) and industrial tribunals which is indicative of a particular culture.
‘Sour grapes’ (great horse name) from the  former marketing department may just be ‘stirring up trouble’ (great horse name) but there are questions to be answered following a recent study by the Charities Commission.
‘Falling at the last fence’, Lynn Peterson chief executive, announced her retirement from  the BHS  after media stories accused the charity of having a “toxic culture”. ‘Scapegoat’ would be another great horse name.
The 2018 accounts would normally be available on the charity commission web site around this time and we wait with ‘baited horse breath’ (great horse name). Money has been spent on  Lawyers and PWC defending various claims diluting the charitable impact of the society.

‘No Room for Racism’ or ‘Kick it Out’

Kick it Out is the 25 year old charity ‘campaigning for  Equality in Football’.  The Football Association, the Premier League, the Professional Footballers’ Association, and the English Football League are all part of Kick It Out’s core funders.

The premier league have announced it’s own campaign ‘No Room for Racism’ which will include branded promotional material and social media activity over the next few weeks. These weeks are traditionally a time set aside for Kick it Out. The funding from the premier league last season was £270,000 – not a large sum in the context of current issues. Future funding is still to be agreed for for the next cycle.

Comment

  • The timing of this activity by the  premier league appears to be a bit offside. There could have been extra time to sort out the fixture conflict.
  • Kick it Out may have scored an own goal arising from a current  Charity Commission review of staff complaints. Let’s hope there is no penalty.
  • The goals should be the same for the good of the sport and wider society and we all wish for a win-win.

It Takes Two to Tandem

1107331 – OPEN COUNTRY is a 30 year old northern based charity whose objective is to enable anyone with a disability to access the countryside. They achieve this through a variety of countryside activities including supported cycling and the provision of information, training and advice.

Thankfully 59 organisations including donors, public sector groups, charities and companies have supported this charity in the year to 31st March 2018. Let’s hope their insurers and the police are also able to support them and help replace some stolen tandem bikes that the charity recently fund raised for. These bikes were used to promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled people. Unfortunately some ne’re-do-wells  have stolen some bikes which cost upwards of £1500 each.

Comment

  • It is a constant surprise how many people will steal from charities and those in need. How can Britain halt the moral decay that fosters thieving and fraud against charities.
  • Fortunately this charity seems to be well established with about a years cash held in reserves. Hopefully a strong network of support will help them continue the work of supporting the disabled to access and enjoy the countryside.

Indian Tribal Forest Dwellers To Be Evicted

Survival international 267444 is a UK based  human rights organisation campaigning for the rights of indigenous tribal peoples. The head of the organisation Stephen Corry has taken up the cause of over a million tribal people in India. They face  being evicted from their homeland forest and jungle land after a couple of rulings by India’s supreme court. Evictions  are to be executed in the next few months under official and police supervision.

Indian law gave legal rights over forest land  to tribes and forest-dwelling communities provided they could prove their families have stayed there for at least three generations. However in mineral and resource rich areas the ability to defend this right has been heavily compromised.

Not all wildlife groups and conservationists are in favour of the tribes rights and their views have been used in a one sided court case that has brought the current issue to the fore.

‘With more than 700 tribal groups, India is home to over 100 million indigenous people. While the forest land is legally controlled by the government, people have lived in such areas for centuries.’ (Washington Post). Yet over the last 30 years, 5000 square miles of forests  have been lost to encroachments and 24,000 industrial projects.  It is believed that conditions under which these projects are given forest land are widely violated. (Scroll In)

Comment

  • This post takes an opportunity to highlight a UK charity with global reach in support of vulnerable people and Traditional Forest Dwelling tribes.
  • The conflicts created by government, business and environmental lobbies can leave ‘tribes’ without any appropriate support or unified voice.
  • In this Indian case it appears that some charities are conflicted and are pursuing action that will positively harm the tribes.

Not a Day to be Depressed 21.1.19

Papyrus are led to believe that  21 January 2019  is the most depressing day of the year! With Christmas and New Year over some children and young adults will be going back to school, college or university and dreading the thought.

Rather than accept this Blue Monday, Papyrus suggest you try and have a Soothe Monday. A day ‘ where we can talk about our worries, feelings, mental health, suicidal thoughts. It could be a day we actually listen to people and, instead of taking it for granted when they say they are fine, we ask them again and again until we get an honest answer. It could be A DAY WHEN WE ALSO ACTUALLY LISTEN TO OURSELVES!!!’

 

Comment

This is just one of several laudable campaigns and approaches by Papyrus

Food For Thought – Food from Fighting

In the January news ‘Surplus operational army ration packs’ are to be donated by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to 1100051 FaresShare. It is anticipated that this food will then be distributed for cooking by local charities to support the needy.

FareShare is a charity consisting of 20 Regional Centres  aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to almost 10,000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom

FareShare manages 3 key centres and provides a network of third-party independent of other charities with central support. FareShare also provides a service, known as  FoodCloud, which reduces store level food waste and contributes £2m to the charities income.

Similar Food Sharing Charities to investigate include:
1146847 – FARESHARE LEICESTER
1075477 -FARESHARE YORKSHIRE LIMITED
1134423 –  FOODCYCLE
1159512 –  THE WASTE AND RESOURCES ACTION PROGRAMME (WRAP)
 1110522 – THE TRUSSELL TRUST

Observations.

  • The FareShare charity seems to well connected within the sector and to its important supporters.
  • Waste elimination and better use of resources is a political high profile cause and likely to continue attracting attention and support.
  • FareShare externally seems to be financially well set up and in a position to deliver on its objectives.
  • Income from individuals is not critical so in our opinion support should be directed towards the  charities delivering the food and service.

The Power of Appropriate Patrons

1141827 – MEGAN BAKER HOUSE LTD

‘Through conductive education sessions, children with a variety of motor disorders, including cerebral palsy and dyspraxia,  learn ways in which they can live their lives as independently as possible.  In the same way, we also help adults with parkinson’s and stroke.  These life changing sessions are accessed by families from within the surrounding counties as well as other regions of the country.’

The Power of Patrons

With 2 doctors among the 6 trustees do medical and disability based charities need patrons and ambassadors? Well like many charities the answer is yes. It is essential to improve the awareness, profile and understanding of the charities issues and the objectives they seek to address. That patrons help with fund raising is also a key role for Patrons.

Patrons for Megan Baker House :

Jo Brand,  Lady Foley,  Professor Tamar Thompson OBE,  Sascha Kindred OBE,  Ian Whybrow , Bill Wiggin MP,  Colin Blunstone,  Linda Tolchard . Their ambassadors also include:  Charles Hazlewood and Grant Simmonds.

Comment

The charity seems to demonstrate it’s well thought out support to augment a professional team.

Vegans are Coming

2019 could be the year of the Vegans considering how the media and health industry promoted them at the end of 2018. Along with many others I did not realise the Vegan Society  was a registered charity no 279228.

Their objects are ‘To further knowledge of and interest in sound nutrition and in veganism and the vegan method of agriculture as a means of increasing the potential of the earth to the physical, moral and economic advantage of humankind.
(b) to relieve elderly vegans who are in conditions of need.’ To satisfy these criteria it:-

‘promotes a way of life that seeks to avoid, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

It is an education charity providing information and support through publications, talks, interviews, websites and social media. The society advocates for all, including those in vulnerable situations.’

Sources of Annual Income include:-

  • Trademark licensing £755,000
  • Sale of materials promoting veganism £425,000
  • Membership fees £156,000
  • And donations and legacies  £37,000 amongst a total income of £1.46m

Other Comments

  • Gift aid  income curtesy of HMRC was £20,000
  • The auditor who signed a clean set of accounts was the aptly named Patrick Morrello almost after the cherry.
  • In addition to 10 trustees there is an advisory committee and ambassadors that include the vegan poet Benjamin Zephaniah

Fact or Fiction – Fake News

As a reader of this blog you probably subscribe to the proverbial view ‘Believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear’. Well there is one charity, with cross political party members of the House of Lords as trustees, who seek to call fiction and fake news to account.
Registered charity no. 1158683 Full Fact seeks to improve the integrity of ‘facts’ quoted by others including politicians and the media.

‘It’s easy to trumpet the facts you care about, far harder to support the ones you don’t.’

Fact checks alone are not enough to halt the spread of misinformation but accurate and balanced information will help.  The charity says ‘It is also necessary to push for corrections where necessary, and work with government departments and research institutions to improve the quality and communication of information at source’.

Like Caesar Wife

  • Full Fact seeks to be beyond reproach and does not employ outside external  fundraisers or employ the kinds of fundraising tactics that give rise to recent public concern.
  • They had no recorded fundraising complaints in 2017.
  • The approach is that donors are a crucial part of the extended Full Fact team and deserve to be treated with respect.
  • They solicit donations from the public on the website and other online channels but are also supported by other charitable trusts. Funders giving more than £5,000 should be listed on the website.

Aspirations for 2019

  • Clear well presented facts reflecting both sides of an argument should be checked and treated with integrity.
  • Admission of any vested interest by public figures and the media.
  • Improved political debate followed by rapid and appropriate action.

Seagrass Spotter

1162824 –  PROJECT SEAGRASS
Project Seagrass was created with the mission of turning cutting-edge research into effective conservation action and education schemes, by collaborating with local communities. Seagrass meadows are subsea flowering plants that attract marine life and help fight the bacteria that are killing coral reefs. Seagrass can absorb large amounts of carbon and is a significant contributor in the environment.
During the financial year to 31 March 2018 ‘Project Seagrass received funding from;
a. The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi for the development of The
Dugong and Seagrass Research Toolkit.
b. Natural England for the yearly Isles of Scilly Seagrass Monitoring
Programme.
c. The Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University for
developments to our seagrass monitoring drone.’

Issues

  • Seagrass is slow to grow and is at risk from traditional anchorage methods. The national marine aquarium 1032491 is working on new ecomooring designs.
  • Cooperation among charities is seen as a viable way to optimise return for resources in the Marine environment. see MCS
  • There are plenty of niche charities to support but this may be one to keep an eye on as it develops.

480 Year Old Wade’s Trust Leeds

224939 – CHARITIES OF THOMAS WADE AND OTHERS

This is a locally focused charity founded in 1530’s which owns large areas of open spaces & parks in Leeds.

Wade’s Charity  provides grants to registered charities and community groups across Leeds, funded by the £8.2million cash and investments held in trust by the charity. There is also a schedule of properties and maintained open spaces within the pre-1974 Leeds city boundary leased to Leeds Council. One example is ‘ Land with frontages to Ellerby Road, Morpeth Place, Zion  Street and Bow Street commonly called Smithies Garth were donated to the charity in 1898’ Other land at Gotts Park, Gledow Valley, Middleton and Kirkstall were green spaces acquired in the last century.

Grants are made to other charities within the pre-1974 city boundary of Leeds to support ‘facilities for recreation, amusement, entertainment and general social intercourse for citizens of every age of areas of population in the City of Leeds occupied in the main by the working classes including in any such objects the establishment of what are commonly known as Community Centres and Youth Centres’.

Observations

  • After almost half a millennium it is probably best to leave well alone for the trust to continue it’s good work.
  • The accounts submitted to the charity commission, the website and reports on grants made are very open and to be commended.
  • As with other ‘local’ organisations there is  a danger that more affluent areas are able to obtain more resources from such charities as Wades. This is partially due to their ability to envisaging larger schemes and having the local nous or chutzpah to ask for more.

Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund

The Open University operates under a Royal Charter RC000391. Currently the OU is seeking extra funds to be able to award more scholarships to disabled veterans.

It was intended to use The Big Give sponsored by The Reed Educational Trust to match the donations raised. Before the deadline was reached all the matched funds allocated had been utilised and £12,030 including gift aid had been raised.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge has a 2018 deadline of 4th December and there are many matchable project still live.

 

For more information on Royal Chartered bodies see the privy council report.

100 Years to Become a Charity

Background

The Rhododendron Camellia and Magnolia Group was originally formed in 1915 as the The Rhododendron Society.  They held the first Annual General Meeting at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 1916, and the centenary was celebrated in 2016 under the guidance of the RHS. In 2015 the group was given charitable status reg no 1161254. In August 2018 HRH The Prince of Wales agreed to become the charity’s first patron.

The special interest group has a partnership arrangement with the UK’s main garden charity the RHS. It was a more integral part of the RHS in recent years. As a new group with circa 750 members they twice failed to reach a quorum of members for the 2017 AGM.

Aims & Objectives

The Rhododendron Camellia and Magnolia Group aspire to educate the public about these garden plants, to help to conserve them for the future and to support professional gardeners and taxonomists by means of travel sponsorship to further knowledge of the three genera.

With the profile provided by the new patron the membership will hopefully increase, otherwise they may as well have stayed fully under the umbrella of the RHS. A centenary project and plant health problems will also increased the public awareness of the plant group.

Observations

This form of charitable ‘divide and rule’ with one charity ‘spinning off ‘ as another focused or specialist charity could be a model for other conglomerate type charities such as the National Trust, Oxfam etc.

Like many other membership organisations this is a small charity with niche special interests, modest income and resources. Are the benefits of being a charity appropriate?

 

Barbed Comments at The National Trust

The National Trust are to ballot members today 20th October 2018, on a motion to ban barbed wire. It took 50+ members out of a total membership of 5.2million to get this motion moving!

In an outbreak of commonsense from the charity the board of trustees state they are not in favour of the ban.  There are concerns it would cost millions of pounds, cause mayhem for tenant farms and create several unintended consequence.

In 2014 a government petition to Ban the Use of Barbed Wire in the Countryside ran for 6 months and attracted 70 signatures. To get a parliamentary debate 10,000 signatures would have been needed.

 


This method of fencing is harmful to animals and humans alike. It’s sole intention is to cause pain or injury in order to contain livestock but unsuspecting wildlife are often harmed on fencing or old rusty discarded wire left lying around. Once injured they will often die slow painful deaths. It is also often used on stiles and can scratch or cut anyone legally using it. It is time it was banned as there are many perfectly reliable alternatives available nowadays.

 

 

Food Banks Are ‘Not Just for Christmas’

A Food Banks Need for Donations

Spare a thought and a tin or two for food banks who try to provide food throughout the year. There are glut seasons for food and produce donations around harvest festival and Christmas but the need is there throughout the year. Glut may be an inappropriate word and heavy seasonal donations at key times can be a life saver. The longer the use by date and more staple the food the better.

Speak to volunteers at your local food bank as they know first hand what the issues and needs are likely to be.

Donations of time are also critical for personal client support and admin support within food banks. This is needed on a consistent basis. Crisis management may peak around key times such as Christmas and school holidays but volunteers need to be in place.

Cash contributions are also welcome or at times desperately needed. Running costs vary depending on the range of service provided. A well supported organisation is generally able to achieve more given the resources. The report of one food bank states ‘The necessity to buy in food on a regular basis has continued this year, and this has only been made possible by donations’. (Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank no 1120018)

Concerns

Food banks should not be used as a political football or platform for social engineering.

Adequate support is required from across the community, business, individuals, charities, religious and other organisations.

Big Issue not a Big Issue

I am an intermittent buyer of the Big Issue North and wonder why I am not a regular customer. It should not be a big issue for me to regularly spend £2.50 on a well managed and worthwhile cause.

In Barnsley this week I stopped myself from being a bit of a winger after I had to ask for my change from a £5 note. Also the copy of the magazine looked slightly secondhand although the vendor had a shrink wrapped batch for his next customers. I know the Big Issue has a ‘code of conduct’ and set of rules governing how they work, just like you would expect at any job of work! Any issues I may have thought I had are not big issues when you consider the wider picture.

Now I am determined to rise above any perceived grievance and prejudice and be more supportive. I will also look into the Big Issue North Trust (1056041) which is part of the Big Issue umbrella group

On the magazine itself I am keen to read the Vendor interviews and particularly liked the life story of Eugeniusz who currently has a pitch at Hull train station.

Accountant Who Stash it Away

CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS’ BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION (CABA) no 1116973

We bleat on about high reserves and excessive investments so it should be no surprise to find a conservative profession like the Institute of Chartered Accountant should have tucked away 25 years worth of current expenditure in it’s own benevolent association reserves.

2016 Accounts (the latest available)

  • Uncommitted reserves of £117m are covered by cash, debtors and investments.
  • The average expenditure over 5 years is £3.7m (although last year it increased to £4.6m) equal to 31 or 25 years expenditure even assuming no new income!
  • The investment management fees and costs of generating investment income are not an insignificant £184,000 pa. How much more hidden in the transactions and cost of fund management is not stated.
  • Dividends and interest on investment were £2,221,000 gross resulting in  a cost equal to 8.3%.
  • ‘The Trustees say they continue to monitor the level of reserves and acknowledge that, although substantial, they’re appropriate at their current levels….’  Let us hope this does not presage a flurry of inappropriate new vanity ventures.

Despite a recent PR puff piece we will have to wait another 6 months to get an update on the financial position for these Chartered Accountants in need!

 

The Arts Council – Song and Dance Routine

Elisabeth Murdock daughter of media mogul Rupert was appointed a trustee to the £750m pa Arts Council earlier this year. As part of the  governing board she joins Sir Nicholas Serota husband of Teresa Gleadowe who is a trustee of Cornubian Arts & Science Trust . Elisabeth is also trustee of Freedlands Foundation that gave a significant grant to Cornubian Arts & Science Trust. In neither of Elisabeths trusteeship reports on the Charity Commission web site does she include a reference to her other appointment as would be appropriate.

£725m is a not an insignificant sum of tax payers and lottery players money to dole out including to ‘posh’ opera an amount expected to reach £228m over the next 5 years. Let us hope Elisabeth has wider musical tastes so the cash is fairly spread around the music genres and the important UK industry.

 

The Magnificent Seven – Royal Wedding Charities

Not quite walking down the aisle to the theme tune of the Magnificent Seven but it is the thoughts and deeds that counts in the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

The Royal wedding will help seven small charities that have been selected to benefit in lieu of wedding gifts. A boost in profile and potential donations will highlight and support the work done by the couples selected beneficiaries.

The Chosen Seven

  1. The Children’s HIV Association  supports children growing up with HIV and their families.
  2. Crisis,  the national charity for homeless people aims to help people directly out of homelessness.
  3. Myna Mahila Foundation is a charity which empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums.
  4. Scotty’s Little Soldiers is the charity for bereaved Armed Forces children. Originally inspired by the experience of war widow Nikki Scott.
  5. StreetGames uses sport to change lives across the UK, helping people and communities to become healthier, safer and more successful.
  6. Surfers Against Sewage is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity, which inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
  7. The Wilderness Foundation UK promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature. The charity helps build resilience in vulnerable teenagers, introduces rural employment to urban youth, and brings science to life.

Comment

It is a pleasant change for this site to only be looking at positive charitable actions.

There is nothing to stop the public using the wedding as a reason for donating to other charities.

There seems to be a charity amongst the seven to appeal to most royalists, democrats and republicans alike.

More information on The Royal.UK website

Charity Worker in Peril – Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe  a 37 year old charity worker was on holiday visiting her family in Iran. In April 2016 at the airport trying to return to the UK  she was detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard without access to a lawyer. She is accused of “… allegedly plotting to topple the Iranian regime” and was initially sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Her 2 year old daughter who has British citizenship  had her British passport confiscated and is stranded in Iran with her grandparents.

Nazanin who has dual nationality currently works as a project manager for the Thomson-Reuters Foundation which delivers charitable projects around the world but does not work in Iran.

It appears from media reports that Nazarin is now a political football involving the UK government and compensation due to Iran for a cancelled tank contract plus the resolution of frozen Iranian assets. Why this charity worker was targeted in the first place is unclear. However how can it be right to subject a very young child with British nationality to this treatment.
Politics and charity work often need to work hand in hand but this case seems to display no charity!

Pornography on the BBC

The charity BBC Media Action 1076235 with its sister charity in India works around the world in the areas of health, governance, humanitarian, education and climate. If like me you have never heard of this charity you may be surprised to find they spent £48m of largely  public money last year. Since 2011 the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has given a £90 million grant that was due to end in 2017 and is not yet renewed. In 2017 there were 838 staff 187 of whom are on UK contracts (23 staff earn over £60,000).  Formerly called the BBC World Service Trust the rebranded charity is not funded from the BBC or the license fee. However they work closely with the BBC sharing procedures and the chair of trustees is Francis Unsworth the Director of BBC News. (She may currently regret being in her own news).

Pornography and Harassment

This week the charity has hit the headlines in the Oxfamgate saga. Over a period under review six staff have been dismissed for sexual harassment and watching pornography on work computers. In a couple of cases no grounds for formal disciplinary action were found. In a statement the charity say none of the issues investigated involved beneficiaries nor were there any child protection issues. However problems have never been reported to the main funder DFID nor made public so who knows if further revelations will be forthcoming. After the Jimmy Savile saga do not expect any exposè programme from the BBC.
In a previous public sector case an individual was dismissed for having and watching pornography on a works computer. Surprisingly he was back at the same organisation within a couple of years. At least he was not passed on to another unsuspecting organisation.

Void MOD Property for the Homeless

From recent experience it is doubtful any government has the core competence to negotiate sound financial deals with ‘smart parts’ of the corporate sector. Evidence from the National Audit Office has demonstrated this in a report on the sale of Ministry of Defence property that may have cost the public £4 billion.

One aspect of the report covers 55,000 properties for married couples accommodation that were sold and leased back on a 200 year lease. (A potentially punitive rent review is due in 2021). After rationalisation and sale of some properties there are 32,000 occupied houses and flats but still  7,000 properties that are empty. These void or empty properties are still costing annual rents, upkeep and maintenance charges. The void  properties represents 17% of total stock compared with a Department of Communities advice to housing associations that ‘No more than 4% of an Association’s total stock should be void.’

It is our suggestion that these properties should be used to provide temporary or permanent accommodation for the homeless and refugees. There will be existing social structures and communities in place and at least the financial negligence will serve some useful purpose.

7000 Empty Homes Available for the Homeless

 

 

No Space(y) for a Chief Executive

THE OLD VIC THEATRE TRUST 2000 Charity number 1072590 – has suffered in the wake of the Kevin Spacey press revelations. Since the regenesis of the Old Vic under the chief executive Sally Greene, Spacey has played his role to historic acclaim, if not the acclaim of the 20 or so men who claimed to be victims of his inappropriate behaviour. He was appointed by Sally Greene as artistic director in 2004.
Now Sally is stepping down as Chief Executive but she is to be appointed  ‘Founding Trustee’ – not much difference there then. The chief executive role is ‘to be retired permanently’ in proposed changes to governance. Other charities may very well be considering the position of Chief Executive, Chair or key officers.
Sally remains Managing Director of the Criterion Theatre Trust and owner of Ronnie Scott’s jazz club.

Little Local Charities

 Much is written about the large national and international charities but spare a thought for the small local outfits that go to the cost and trouble of registering with the charities commission. The range of activities is vast and the volunteers and organisers produce some spectacular results within their chosen fields. These are just some of these niche charities within a 5 mile radius of my base.
The Bambisanani Partnership 1163461 links a school in Yorkshire with a partner school, Mnyakanya High Schoo in KwaZulu Natal, using sport, education and good citizenship. Registered in England, the charity raises £70,000 pa to send students to Africa to teach and share with the pupils at the partner school. Pupils also visit an Aids HIV orphanage.
Service organisation Otley Lions are supporters of the partnership but most of the funds are raised by the pupils of St Mary’s.
Hive Bradford 1100741 has for 30 years  been a community arts center based in Shipley. They are a membership organisation that offers creative opportunities for personal and social development including classes, volunteering and training. Annual income is £200,000 with a staff equivalent to 11 FTE. In addition to this employment they provide a drop-in facility, WEA courses and a large range of art inspired activities.

Newlands Furniture Service 1173732 – has only been registered in the last 6 months but for many years it has recycled furniture particularly to those setting up a new home but without the financial means to acquire even the basics like knives and forks, table and chairs.  Subject to Big Lottery finding they hope to add the provision of food for the local needy.  The charity registration may have been driven out of the need to be independent from Newlands  Community Aassociation 1091241 -which was significantly over due from submitting accounts for 2015 and a year late for march 2016. This organisation had income of £275,000 and investments of over £2m and should be taking more care to be compliant with the Charity Commission reporting requirements.

2018

We wish all these charities and other organisations every success for the coming year