14 October 2008

The Beagle Project is now a registered charity!!

Dear friends, this is a big day (in a big week, about which more soon) for the Beagle Project. After a long bureaucratic slog and some niggling about whether we are allowed to use "HMS" in our trust's name (if we aren't, people think were something to do with dogs, see?), we are now officially a registered charity in the UK! W00t!!1!1!! We are:
The HMS Beagle Trust
Registered Charity No. 1126192
The advantages of being a charity, taken from the website of the Charity Commission for England and Wales are:
  • do not normally have to pay income/corporation tax (in the case of some types of income), capital gains tax, or stamp duty, and gifts to charities are free of inheritance tax;
  • pay no more than 20% of normal business rates on the buildings which they use and occupy to further their charitable aims;
  • can get special VAT treatment in some circumstances;
  • are often able to raise funds from the public, grant-making trusts and local government more easily than non-charitable bodies;
  • can formally represent and help to meet the needs of the community;
  • are able to give the public the assurance that they are being monitored and advised by us;
  • can seek advice from us; and
  • can get information from us, for example, our range of free publications.
Other advantages are:
  • the all important Gift aid (an ingenious British invention by which, instead of deducting your charitable giving from your own taxable income as you would in the USA, you automatically give the deduction to the charity instead, on top of your specified donation)
  • eligible to get certain software at dirt cheap prices (which warms the cockles of a blogger's heart, let me tell you)
  • we can start raising money through JustGiving.co.uk instead of PayPal (we'll set that up here and on our impending new website asap)

1 comment:

Richard Carter, FCD said...

Fantastic news! Major congratluations!