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The Future of the Friends of Abbeyfield Park. To hold a lease, enter into contracts, employ staff, apply for some forms of funding etc, FOAP needs to be legally incorporated. The legal form we are recommending is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation by Association. The legal stuff.

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The future of the friends of abbeyfield park

The Future of the Friends of Abbeyfield Park


The legal stuff

To hold a lease, enter into contracts, employ staff, apply for some forms of funding etc, FOAP needs to be legally incorporated.

The legal form we are recommending is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation by Association.

The legal stuff...


Charitable incorporated organisations cios

Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)

  • New legal form specifically created for charities

  • Corporate status and limited liability

  • Regulated by Charity Commission, not by Companies House

  • Model constitution produced by Charity Commission

  • As charity benefit from tax exemptions etc


Cio by association

CIO by Association

  • Membership elects Trustees

  • Membership can be wide or narrow body – define membership criteria in constitution

  • “It is the duty of each member of a CIO to advance the purposes of the CIO” [Charities Act 2011]

  • Limited liability, don't have to give financial guarantee

  • Members can be individuals or corporate bodies

  • Certain rights – such as amending constitution – reserved to members


Cio trustees

CIO Trustees

  • Responsible for governance and oversight

  • Propose they are elected by members (but could be appointed by Trustees, nominated by external bodies, or ex officio)

  • May not derive personal benefit (e.g. be employed by the CIO) except in very specific circumstances


Charitable purposes

Charitable Purposes

  • Charities Act 2011:

  • (e) The advancement of citizenship or community development

  • (f) The advancement of arts, heritage, culture or science

  • Purposes are for the public benefit.


Next steps

Next steps

  • Identify initial members and trustees

  • Agree a constitution

  • Online registration with Charity Commission (1 – 3 months)

  • At moment of registration, the CIO is formed as corporate body and registered charity

  • Phased introduction of registration – charities who expect >£5k income from 1st October


What should be in the foap constitution

What should be in the FOAP constitution?

  • Aims/objectives, e.g.

  • To celebrate the diverse culture and heritage of the area

  • To provide opportunities for community development in Abbeyfield Park

    Values, e.g.

  • Inclusive

  • Environmentally conscious

    Your suggestions!


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