We are now a charity!

rainbowPicAfter working closely with the Charity Commission our board has now achieved charitable status for the Sandringham Enterprise Centre (SEC).

This important development means that we can begin the work of raising money to develop services in our Centre, to work with individuals and groups to raise funds for their projects and develop a sustainable social enterprise model for delivery of the work of the Centre.

Our objects as a charity are given below…

To further or benefit the residents of Marham and the
neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation,
race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating
together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary
and other organisations in a common effort to advance
education and to provide facilities in the interests of social
welfare for recreation leisure time occupation with the
objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.

In furtherance of these objects but not otherwise, the trustees
shall have power:

To establish or secure the establishment of a community
centre and to maintain or manage or co-operate with any
statutory authority in the maintenance and management of
such a centre for activities promoted by the charity in
furtherance of the above objects.

What does all this mean?

As volunteers, using our energy and commitment, this means that we will work together to develop our Centre, bringing forward new things, but keeping and supporting existing groups and services too.

As your local charity – supporting each other in difficult times and creating as many broad smiles as possible whenever we can.

MyDonate – a new charity service from British Telecom

myDonateLogoTypeBT have just launched MyDonate, a new service which will enable charities to more efficiently collect donations.

Online giving is not new, but the difference is that BT will, at the moment, make no charge for its service, with the giver only paying the card charges for his or her transfer to the charity. (BT says absorbing the cost of the scheme is part of its existing commitment to charitable support).

This new service is designed for registered UK charities and BT has collaborated with major charities in the UK, such as Cancer Research and the NSPCC to develop its offer.

This scheme compares favourably with JustGiving for example. This popular online service for charities charges the charity £15 a month and take 5% of your money in administration charges. The BT scheme means that all your donation goes to the charity.

If your charity has another online service for donations we think this new scheme from BT is worthy of your attention.

If you are a newly registered charity looking to explore the issues of online donations, then check out the MyDonate page from British Telecom.

Is change happening in our sector?