Monday, 5 August 2013

Charity.

Hey,

So back in May, FYFT decided that the best way for us to proceed was to become a charity. How to actually do this we really had no idea; luckily we found a helpful organisation called SCVO who pointed us in the right direction. They advised us that becoming a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) - a new kind of Scottish Charity - would be the best route for us - so that's the route we took! 

In Scotland you apply for charity status through an organisation called OSCR, the Office of Scottish Charitable Regulations. It is a very laborious & thorough process involving filling in a lot of forms - which makes sense, as it weeds out those applying on a whim or those not deserving of charity status. You really have to prove that you have charitable aims and purpose for the public good. 

We sent our application away at the end of April and apart from a request to send some extra information in June, we heard nothing. You can imagine how the application dogged us; we felt FYFT's future really hinged us on being granted charity status. However, once our forms were submitted there was nothing we could do, so we just got on with things. We had a very busy few months; Grant (our composer and business adviser) introduced us to a great, up and coming graphic artist called Aidan O'Rourke who is designing our website (coming soon!). We were also lucky enough to meet with two wonderful representatives from Yad Vashem - World Centre for Holocaust Education, Research and Commemoration in Jerusalem, which Grant will fill you in on in our next blog and amongst other administrative bits and piece, we added the finishing touches to our resources. All the while, in the back of our mind, we considered our application, crossing our fingers until they cramped!

Finally, last Friday, Ben, Grant and Aidan were sitting together working on the new site when Ben's phone rang... It was FYFT's case manager for OSCR - who called to tell us, oh so casually, that WE HAD BEEN GRANTED CHARITABLE STATUS!!

We cannot tell you how happy and honoured we are. We know that we have been given a great responsibility in being granted charity status and the hard work is only just beginning, really... 

At this stage we wanted to thank every single one of you who has supported us up to this point and we can't wait to share with you all our future charitable endeavours! ;)





Thanks,
Ben

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