Saturday, 5 January 2013

Join the Trust

For Those of you who may have missed the Christmas Nairnshire Telegraph, or my earlier post about the launch of the River Nairn Swans and Waterfowl Trust. I thought I would give you a little reminder with an old, but apt email photo !

This is for future generations, so use the donate button or send it to : River Nairn Swans and Waterfowl Trust, 10 Douglas street, Nairn. Scotland. IV124DJ.


Bill said...

Are you actually registered as a charity Joe? Just if so you can claim some tax breaks on the donations and it might be an incentive for people to give money to you

jayteescot1 said...

Hi Bill, We will be having our first Trust meeting on the 18th January. This will be to approve our constitution / rules and sort out Banking mandate details etc. We are most definitely a charity, but not yet registered because we have to get these details sorted first. We will apply for registered charity status as soon as is practical. Hopefully we will have enough coming in to suit the tax breaks situation !

John Hart said...

I could not agree more with Bill's comments. The implications of the use of the word Trust suggests a registered charity, but unless it is registered then giving a donation/membership fee under Gift Aid is not possible, which increases it by 25p in every £1. There are also VAT advantages to be gained by having printed material for advertising and advertisements in the press VAT Zero rated, and therefore a saving to the Trust.

jayteescot1 said...

Well John, In some ways It's a pity We have to register as a charity, since we have no big ambitions - merely to raise enough for our needs locally. It puts a lot of additional red tape that frankly we could do without. I note that for England and Wales, a charity income of less than £5000 does not need to register, but still call themselves a charity.
Since we only want to raise around £1500 we would be well within that criteria.
Unfortunately Scotland has no such benchmark and registration is an obligation regardless of the amount, if we want to call ourselves a charity! So for the time being we are a non profit voluntary organisation if you will !