Charity Registration Pros & Cons

Why should clubs and other organisations register as an official charity?

The law says that bodies whose gross charitable income exceeds £5,000 should be registered as a charity with the Charities Commission. It is clearly impracticable for every golf club to become registered charity, but it may well be that the part of their activities relating to their fund raising could well be set up as a discreet body and itself become registered. Quite apart from this legal implication there are some other real benefits in gaining registration.

As suggested above, it is often impracticable to set a golf club up as a registered charity and it is only viable to hive off their charitable activities into a separate entity if their degree of activity and resulting income is substantial.

Alternatively ...

As an alternative, the monies raised by some clubs could be paid to us, the Peter Alliss Masters Golf, which is already a registered charity. The club would operate in its own name but do so clearly as a member of the Peter Alliss Masters. We would then record the funds in an account maintained in the club’s name and, so as to leave complete control with the club, only make payments out of it on their explicit instructions. As appropriate we would, on the club’s behalf, claim back any recoverable income tax under the Gift Aid scheme and, once received, credit their account.

All such income passing through the society will, provided it is used to purchase power chairs, qualify, in the usual way, for places at the annual Peter Alliss Masters Golf Tournament. This arrangement is already in place for some clubs and organisations, and if any other clubs would like to follow suit, would they firstly contact the Treasurer (see Contact Details) to see whether a mutually satisfactory arrangement could in principle be set up.

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