WHEN IS A CHARITY NOT A CHARITY?
When is a charity NOT a charity? is the heading, so let’s enlighten you. A charity is not a charity When it ‘s a business and that business can be running at a profit or a loss – it is not a charity simply because someone says it’s a charity.
To achieve “charitable association”, you must first apply to OSCR (Office of the Charity Regulator) BEFORE you start throwing words around such as; “charitable association”, “charitable status”, or the simple word “charity”, nor can you use the OSCR guidlines or quote OSCR regulations if you are not an official OSCR registered charity. One well known Community Centre in Aberdeen have been abusing the words and telling anyone who will listen and who have donations to give that Inchgarth is an official charity. Inchgarth have been telling people for YEARS that they are a charitable association so obviously many people will have dug into their pockets to give, give, give; when in fact they have been really donating money to a business – I wonder how many people would give money to their local Supermarket? Have you been hoodwinked into giving money to a business? In the Community Centre It matters little what you do or what your group or organisation is attempting to fund, you still cannot by law use the word charity unless you have official recognition from OSCR.
To clarify; there are only two steps, ie; a business and a charity, there nothing in between except in the brainchild of those who run these outfits – to use the words “charitable association”, is actually illegal.