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Believe In You Charity Constitution
The charity’s name is:
“Believe In You Charity”
2 The purposes of the charity are:
The prevention or relief of poverty or financial hardship worldwide by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient.
The charity shall be managed by a committee of trustees who are appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the charity.
(1) These shall be at least three Trustees.
(2) Those persons notified to register the charity, and is permitted by law to do so, shall be the first Trustees.
(3) If any question arises as to whether a Trustee has a Conflict of Interest, the question shall be decided by a majority decision of the other Trustees.
(4) In the case of an equality of votes, the founder and director shall be entitled to a casting vote.
(5) The trustees shall comply with the requirements of the Companies Acts and of the charities Act 1993 as to maintain a members’ register, keeping financial records, the audit or examination of accounts and the preparation and transmission to the Registrar of Charity Commission of: annual reports, annual returns and annual statements of account.
4 Carrying out the purposes
In order to carry out the charitable purposes, the trustees have the power to:
(1) Raise funds, receive grants and donations
(2) Apply funds to carry out the work of the charity: provide and assist in the provision of money, materials and other help.
(3) Co-operate, exchange information and advice, and support other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities with similar purposes
(4) Organise and assist in the provision of conferences, courses of instructions, exhibitions, lectures and other educational activities.
(5) Publish and distribute books, pamphlets, reports, leaflets, journals, films, tapes and instructional matter on any media.
(6) Pay out of the funds of the Charity the cost of forming and registering the Charity
(7) Accept (or disclaim) gifts of money and any other property
(8) Engage and pay employees, consultants and professional or other advisers if it is wealthy for the charity purposes
(9) Do anything which is lawful and necessary to achieve the purposes
The charity shall have a membership. People who support the work of the charity and are aged 18 or over, can apply to the trustees to become a member. Once accepted by the trustees, membership lasts for 3 years and may be renewed. The trustees will keep an up-to-date membership list.
The trustees may remove a person’s membership if they believe it is in the best interests of the charity. The member has the right to be heard by the trustees before the decision is made and can be accompanied by a friend.
6 Annual General Meeting - AGM
(1) The AGM must be held every year, with 14 days’ notice given to all members telling them what is on the agenda. Minutes must be kept of the AGM.
(2) There must be at least 3 members present at the AGM.
(3) Every member has one vote. In the case of an equality of votes, the founder and director will be entitle to a casting vote.
(4) The trustees shall present the annual report and accounts.
(5) Any member may stand for election as a trustee.
(6) Members shall elect between 3 and 10 trustees to serve for the next year. They will retire at the next AGM but may stand for re-election.
7 Trustee meetings
(1) Trustees must hold at least 3 meetings each year. At their first meeting after the AGM they will elect a chair, treasurer and secretary. Trustees may act by majority decision.
(2) At least 3 trustees must be present at the meeting to be able to take decisions. Minutes shall be kept for every meeting.
(3) If trustees have a conflict of interest, they must declare it and leave the meeting while this matter is being discussed or decided.
(4) During the year, the trustees may appoint up to 2 additional trustees. They will stand down at the next AGM.
(5) The trustees may make reasonable additional rules to help run the charity. These rules must not conflict with this constitution or the law.
8 Money and property
(1) Money and property must only be used for the charity’s purposes.
(2) Trustees must keep accounts. The most recent annual accounts can be seen by anybody on request.
(3) Trustees cannot receive any money or property from the charity, except to refund reasonable out of pocket expenses.
(4) Money must be held in the charity’s bank account. All cheques must be signed by 2 trustees.
9 General meetings
If the Trustees consider it is necessary to change the constitution, or wind up the charity, they must call a General Meeting so that the membership can make the decision. Trustees must also call a General Meeting if they receive a written request from the majority of members. All members must be given 14 days’ notice and told the reason for the meeting. All decisions require a two thirds majority. Minutes must be kept.
(1) Winding up – any money or property remaining after payment of debts must be given to a charity with similar purposes to this one.
(2) Changes to the Constitution – can be made at AGMs or General Meetings. No change can be made that would make the organisation no longer a charity.
(3) General Meeting – called on written request from a majority of members.
(4) Trustees may also call a General Meeting to consult the membership
10 Setting up the charity
This constitution was adopted on Thursday, 12 December 2019 but it still on a registration process.
They are the first members of the charity and will be the trustees until the AGM, which must be held within one year of this date.