Since Dulwich Park Friends (DPF) was established over 25 years ago it has operated relatively informally with a basic constitution, although it is a registered charity.
However, since 2013, it has been possible for a charity such as DPF to be incorporated as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The main advantages of doing this are the ability for the charity to enter into contracts in its own right, rather than through the named trustees, as well as the fact that a CIO brings similar benefits to those of a limited company.
Because a CIO is a more appropriate and modern form of body for DPF, we intend to establish one with the Charity Commission, following their model constitution as our guide.
The aims and objectives of DPF will not be altered by this step.
We are aiming to have the new body up and running before the end of this year and so plan to have a meeting to seek the confirmation of members to this change, around November 2021. Once the CIO is up and running we will be asking you to change the details on your existing standing order or direct debit so that future payments are made to the CIO’s bank account.
We will be in touch with the detail on the practical steps that you will be asked to take in due course. In the meantime, if you are interested in reading more about CIOs, the Charity Commission has a good web site with background information.