THE HASSLE FREE WAY TO CONVERT YOUR CHARITY PRE-SCHOOL TO A CIO
UNINCORPORATED CHARITY PRE-SCHOOLS ARE FINDING IT
HARDER AND HARDER TO RECRUIT A COMMITTEE
PARENT COMMITTEES COME WITH A UNIQUE SET OF ISSUES
BECOMING A CIO IS A HEADACHE IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START
Three facts which I'm sure will resonate with any parent committee, charity managed pre-school. Whether it is apathy or fear, the truth is that over recent years it has become harder and harder to recruit trustees, particularly parents, to be responsible for unincorporated charities. And if you’re lucky enough to get a full committee, holding on to them can be even harder. On at least a weekly basis I see posts in Facebook groups and receive phone calls from clients and other desperate providers who risk closure because they just can’t get parents to be involved.
The bottom line is that for registered charity settings to survive in the long term they are going to have to look at moving to being an incorporated organisation in one form or another. For the vast majority keeping charitable status is a must and so many are exploring route of the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
CIO’s as they are commonly referred to were introduced by the Charity Commission in 2013. They were designed specifically for charities, allowing them to register just once as an incorporated charity, to reduce administrative burden, limit the liability of trustees and to provide the incorporated charity with its own legal entity.
However, for many, even becoming a CIO does not reduce the problems of having parents as trustees. It's a business model which, in my opinion, no longer works for many.
So after listening to you and the problems you face (and seeing it for myself) I like to think that I have come up with a solution that removes the issue of recruiting a parent committee and at the same times gives managers some control over what happens in the pre-school.
I am now able to provide a full conversion service from unincorporated pre-school to Charitable Incorporated Organisation CIO with the partnership I have with WilliamsGiles Chartered Accountants.
We manage the entire process for you, from setting up your new CIO with the Charity Commission and dissolving the old charity through to support with re-registration with Ofsted, transferring staff and the old charity's assets and everything in between.
Having worked with many pre-school committees before I know that trying to do this yourselves can be both a costly and very time consuming process and is why The Incorporation Package aims to provide a complete service from start to finish.
But the most attractive benefit for many of this new package is the constitution we have written that removes the requirement to have parents as trustees.
Based on The Charity Commission model but specifically written for pre-schools our constitution:
allows for your trustee board to be a mix of staff and/or anyone who has a vested interest in your setting such as members of your local community, heads of schools, Children Centre managers etc;
requires only 5 trustees who can serve for a term of 6 years to give greater continuity;
removes the requirement for parents to attend the Annual General Meeting as the board will be responsible for voting new members;
covers those pre-schools who also provide wrap around care such as breakfast and after school clubs
Whilst the board will maintain responsibility for the management of the setting it is hoped that by removing the parental element it will be easier to recruit members and provide much needed continuity and financial security for your pre-school.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE?
It is anticipated that from start to finish the process should take around six to twelve months, however this is subject to any delays in processing applications or changes required by the Charity Commission and/or delays with re-registration with Ofsted.
The package starts with an on-site fact finding visit where we'll complete the paperwork required to begin the process of setting up your new CIO
Once we have the necessary paperwork and the dissolution clause of your current constitution has been initialized our representative will begin the process of registering the new CIO with The Charity Commission
I'll be here throughout the process to support you with the re-registering of Ofsted, the TUPE of staff from one organisation to another and pretty much anything else you need help with.
Once the new CIO is set up and re-registration with Ofsted is complete we will then close the unincorportaed charity and transfer the assets to the CIO
Why work with me?
I have seen first hand the very real struggles you face in trying to run a charity managed pre-school and having been both a trustee and then manager of one I really get how hard it is.
I'm now working with 27 pre-schools throughout the country to become CIO's and to change to a business model better suited to your needs.
Here's what Brambles Community Pre-school in Southampton, the first to sign up to The Incorporation Package have to say about it........
"We are a charity run pre-school with a committee and had been researching how to become a CIO. There is so much information online that we were finding the task daunting.
We found Sally's website and initially joined her Business Club. Sally offered us an opportunity to convert our charity with her guidance and it has been relatively easy. She has provided all the forms needed, in an easy to understand format, a new Constitution and has helped us with Ofsted throughout the process.
Sally has visited our setting on several occasions to explain and go through the process and has always been at the end of the phone if we have needed any extra help.
She offers sensible, clear help and nothing has been too much trouble. Without her support and knowledge, we would still be run by a parent committee. We don't know how we could of done this without her and only wish we had found Dinky Ones earlier "
- Brambles Community Pre-school, Southampton
Some of the settings I'm currently working with....
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