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Converting a Charitable Company into a CIO

By Stephen Mathews | 24 March 2020

Regardless of size, any charitable company is now able to convert into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

Because for a company this is simply a change of structure, the organisation retains its “corporate personality” but is no longer required to follow Company Law regulations. 

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Partnering with Your Donors: How to Help at the End of the Tax Year

By Rachel Steeden | 24 March 2020

Sunday 5 April 2020 marks the end of another tax year. 

Many of your donors will pay all their tax at source (for example through PAYE on employment earnings) and will not need to complete a tax return. However, your donors may need to complete a self-assessment tax return if (for example) they are self-employed, they have income not taxed at source, or they wish to reclaim higher or additional rate gift aid. 

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Probably No Trouble Ahead. But...

By Kevin Russell | 24 March 2020

Our previous article, ‘There may be Trouble Ahead!, alerted churches and charities to the possibility of having to register with HMRC as part of the ‘Trusts Registration Service’ (TRS).

This comes about as a result of implementation of the 5th Money Laundering Directive (5MLD).

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Organisational and Workplace Culture

By Alan Hough | 24 March 2020

In a departure from its normal practice, a recent Charity Commission’s enquiry into Save the Children focused solely on matters of employment and workplace culture.

At its heart was the way that the charity dealt with allegations of sexual and other forms of harassment made against two members of its senior management.

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Fundraising Regulator – 7 Helpful Facts

By Andrew Cusdin | 24 March 2020

Earlier this year, Stewardship registered with the Fundraising Regulator. We thought we’d take this opportunity to share 7 helpful facts that we learnt when signing up to the Code of Fundraising Practice.

Fundraising covers many different types of activities from receiving gifts as a church, to undertaking special events like a sponsored walk and even talking to potential donors about legacies.

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We're here to help...

By Daniel Jones | 20 March 2020

We're here to help

Whilst most of what we do is currently unaffected we have rapidly made changes to how we operate to ensure that we are being good stewards, that we aid the national effort to bring this pandemic under control, and that we prioritise getting financial and practical support to where it is most needed.

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Blessed are the givers: a reflection on the 40acts challenge

By Georgie Tennant | 14 March 2020

Giving is costly – but it is also a great blessing. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says that we should give what we have decided in our hearts to give, ‘not reluctantly, or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’ I love the promise, earlier in that verse, that we will reap what we sow. By the end of 40acts, I felt that I had reaped more than enough already.

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A generous response to Coronavirus

By Debbie Wright | 13 March 2020 | Comments (7)

The novel COVID-19 virus is now touching all our lives in a myriad of ways. Our church’s trip to Israel has been cancelled, conferences have been postponed, my 18 year old daughter is worrying about her A Levels, the need for skype lessons and logistics around her exams. My 87-year-old father in hospital is being fast-tracked to get an operation scheduled for 9 months to be done now. Emergency plans at work, keeping our distance from one another and every surface springing a hand gel are constant reminders of an unknown, disruptive threat.

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The wonder drug of generosity

By Ruth Leigh | 21 February 2020 | Comments (2)

Since his cancer diagnosis seven years ago, Jeremy Marshall has discovered his own wonder drug. It’s not a treatment plan, nor a mental attitude. It is simply and wholly this: generosity.

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A three-point generosity plan for 2020

By Gill Nichol | 17 January 2020 | Comments (1)

We know the good we’re capable of, we know we have it in us to act as Jesus would, to respond with thanks and generosity to all we have… Yet how do we square that desire to be open-hearted and open-handed with the need to tighten our belts knowing that January’s post includes the credit cards bills and bank statements showing our Christmas spending?

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