It’s been a great start to 2017! Last year, when we started out on our journey, we really didn’t know what we were letting ourselves in for! Our booklets generated a mixed response, and the overall vision what we are trying to achieve has been a difficult vision to share. Many do not understand what we are trying to achieve; others can’t see how we’re going to be able to do it!
It’s a question even we don’t know how to answer yet. We know the what, but we don’t know the how! We know what we are trying to achieve – we just don’t know exactly how we’re going to do it! Our mission is:
“to make a real difference in people’s lives, and in the community you live, by giving ‘A Little Bit of Hope!’ to those in need.”
There’s no disputing the fact that our community, our society, and our people need hope. With increasing levels of poverty, homelessness and hunger, hope is a lost commodity for many.
As we step out to make a difference, the question of governance needs addressing. Who are we accountable to, and how do we steward our organisation, and in particular, our finances? As a community group, Alan Hill Trust was established as a relatively straight-forward method of getting started. However, governance is limited and accountability is difficult to demonstrate, with little oversight or scrutiny. Being mindful of this, we considered a number of possible structures to adopt.
We are pleased to announce the formation of our charity – Missions of Hope – and our Community Interest Company – Daioni.org.uk C.I.C.
Missions of Hope – our charity
As we enter 2017, we have now established our charity, Missions of Hope – registered with the Charity Commission, registration number 1168490. The aim of the charity is to spend funds on various projects and organisations, community groups and other charities that help make a difference in people’s lives – those that help and care for those in need – the homeless, the addicts, the abused, the lost, the lonely and the lepers, the hungry and the thirsty, the poor and the marginalised, the widows and the orphans, the sick and those in prison.
Our aim is that as close to 100% of funds given to the charity is spent on our charitable purposes, with as little as possible spent on administrative and other costs. For example, our printing costs are to be met by our community group, Alan Hill Trust; the cost of organising fundraising events, etc., are to be met by our community interest company, Daioni.org.uk. The only costs that will need to be met by the charity are the administrative costs of reporting to the Charity Commission – the annual report and accounts. Our accounts will, of course, be available for anyone to view on the Charity Commission website, and the commission provides oversight and scrutiny of our work.
To celebrate the formation of the charity, we have a Charity Launch night on 18th February 2017. Please join us, if you are able, to hear more about the charity and our plans for the coming year.
Daioni.org.uk C.I.C. – our community interest company
As we enter 2017, we have also established Daioni.org.uk C.I.C. as a Community Interest Company (CIC), registered with Companies House and the CIC regulator, registration number 10565767.
Daioni.org.uk is our trading arm. It allows us to organise events, provide services, and sell goods. It also allows us to employ people and pay wages. All the profits from the CIC is passed over to our charity arm, Missions of Hope. That, in fact, is the whole purpose of the company – raising funds for our charity, and possibly others.
We are governed by company law, and accountable to Companies House – providing an annual return and accounts which are scrutinised and available for anyone to see.
Our aim is to be crystal clear and squeaky clean – in everything we do – including our finances. Therefore, we intend to provide a copy of our accounts on our website, for all to see. You can see our 2016 accounts here, and if you have any questions, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You all so much for all your support and encouragement last year; our hope is that we can surpass all your expectations in 2017.