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How do you Start a Charity?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by wau5, 10 May 2017.

  1. wau5

    wau5

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    I see there are loads of charities for all kinds of reasons and I see all of them are banking really hard.
    How do you start one and which do you think is the best to make the most monies?

    For example I have seen the clothing collection charities giving away about £20-£50 per ton of clothes they collect , but I know I can sell that stuff easily for at least £600-£700/ton so not a bad return.

    What about the charity shops? They must be banking pretty hard as well, they get free goods delivered to them and they easily fool old women to come work for them for free, from what I have researched they also only give only some 10-15% to the actual cause, while keeping the rest for ''administration costs'' so not too bad either - I guess the most expensive part of it is renting a good store space in good place with a lot of traffic so lots of people come and give you stuff & than some other suckers buy it back.

    I do not want to start one of those cancer charities tho, as that's pretty sick thing to run...or the food collection charities as those are actually decent things and I sometimes bring them stuff as well. But what about those dog/cat charities where they go around and ask for monies? I have seen them also banking good money as there are loads of people who just wants to give away their money to charities, but we all know how much the actual cause gets ,heheh.


    What's the process of actually becoming a ''charity''? I reckon it's pretty easy as there are so many of them.
     
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  3. Ian H

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    Adopt a DIY'er for £10 per month?
     
  4. Ian H

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    'Barry though he could save a few quid by putting up his own fence, sadly he didn't dig the holes deep enough or mix the concrete correctly and now the fence is leaning at a 45degree angle.

    There are lots of other Barry's that need your help (money) NOW.

    Please adopt a Barry and we will send you pictures when he tiles his bathroom'
     
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  5. SFK

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    Wau5,
    Forming a charity is much like a limited company (which you have to do first), but more paperwork and formal requirements, more expensive to setup, not allowed to be profitable (all profits re-invested or used), and needs Trustees who don't normally get paid and get upset if you are not being charitable enough. It does get some benefits (eg reduced business rates), but sometimes these benefits do not balance out the increased operational hurdles. So normally better to stick with a Ltd company. And regarding your suggestion of Charities ripping people off or being scams, with the wrong owners this is just as likely, as possible and happens as often in a Charity as in a Limited Company.

    How to form a charity:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-set-up-a-charity-cc21a

    Charities exist to benefit the public. Because of this, charities:
    • pay reduced business rates
    • receive tax relief
    • can get certain types of grants and funding
    But charities are restricted in what they can do and how they work. For example, charities need to:
    • follow charity law, which includes telling the Charity Commission and the public about their work
    • do only things that are charitable in law
    • be run by trustees who do not usually personally benefit from the charity
    • be independent - a charity can work with other organisations but must make independent decisions about how it carries out its charitable purposes
    sfk
     
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  6. motorbiking

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    The best scams are charities that donate to other charities and cream admin and legal fees off for processing. They are to charities what managed funds are to the stockmarket. Though there is nothing wrong with ETFs.
     
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    This thread should be retitled 'How can I defraud decent , honest people who THINK they are helping others but are in fact just helping me line my pockets'.

    I think the OP has the wrong idea about charities. You should look at them along the lines of 'how can I help people' and NOT what can I get from them.

    Burn in hell, you ponce.
     
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    Or - does he?

    I thought the post was a rather accurate sardonic description of some charities.
     
  10. wau5

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    lol, you do realize that this post wasn't even serious and I'm just mocking them? ;)
     
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    Whoops! I take it all back. Sorry mate. Good post - you got me there! (y)
     
  12. Alec_t

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    I remember checking out one Registered 'charity' some years ago. According to the official records its declared aims were "to help people in Poland". Those 'people' could legally have been just scammers who set the thing up. So much for the registration process.
     
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