It may be a surprise to hear that Aniridia Network UK is not as much of a charity as it could be. We only have HMRC code (above right) that lets us claim Gift Aid.
For many years we’ve wanted to register with the Charity Commission, to get the talisman of a proper charity number. It would help us get funding and discounts. However until recently we were not big enough to qualify and didn’t have the time to work on it. That’s now changed.
Unfortunately registration is not as simple as filling out a form. Legally we have create a new type of charity. transfer everything over to it and close down the old organisation.
You, our members, need to vote in favour at our upcoming annual general meeting for us to go ahead.
Outwardly very little will change. We’ll keep providing all the services we currently do.
- revised ‘Objects’ that explain what the charity does
- a maximum of 5 trustees instead of no maximum
- the need to have 5% of the membership at official meetings instead of 10%
- status of charitable incorporated organisation instead of unincorporated association
In some ways it all seems like a big change, in others not. We can make amendments to the constitution or create rules in future.
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