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Do schools actually need to register their charity groups?

Our school wants to form a group which will raise money for a poor country. Then teachers and students will travel to that country and spend the money on aid for the needy. Does this group need to register as a charity?

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  • sevenhills
    sevenhills Posts: 5,879 Forumite
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    edited 17 March 2023 at 12:59PM
    I guess it would depend on the charities income and if those donating require it to be registered.
    Is it the intension that the charity will pay for flights? If so, we are talking about the charity having monies in the many hundreds of thousands.
    So I would say it does need to be registered, with a chairman and treasurer etc.
    https://charitycommission.blog.gov.uk/2016/03/22/want-to-set-up-a-charity-three-big-questions-to-consider/
  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Posts: 46,018 Forumite
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    If there is already a charity working in thar area, it's often a better idea to link with that. As the links above show, registration of a new charity is not a trivial matter.


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  • Why do the teachers and students need to travel to that country? Why cannot you raise funds for an existing charity already working in that country? That would be much simpler. 
  • Undervalued
    Undervalued Posts: 8,845 Forumite
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    edited 20 March 2023 at 9:35AM
    Why do the teachers and students need to travel to that country? Why cannot you raise funds for an existing charity already working in that country? That would be much simpler. 
    That would be my question too.

    I may do doing them an injustice, however my reading of the OP would suggest that this charity would be more for the benefit of the teachers and students than for the "needy" in the poor country?

    This seems to me to be a variation on the many "charities" that seem to exist more for the careers and salaries of the people involved, with the level of benefit to the actual charitable aim being secondary.

    Hopefully I am wrong in this case?
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