Important Message On Coronavirus

Foundation Scotland – We are open

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.
We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are now are working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Staff work travel has been suspended so we will hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

Please do get in touch, as normal, if you have questions.

 

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Charity urges donors to plan ahead

18 February 2013

While the drop in the top rate of income tax from 50% to 45% will be welcomed by most in this tax bracket, a flipside for donors means the Chancellor will be providing less personal tax relief on payments they make to charitable organisations.

For example, in the tax year 2012/13, a donation of £80,000 to charity provides an additional rate tax payer with personal relief of £30,000, making the actual cost of the donation £50,000. In 2013/14, with the introduction of the 45% additional rate of tax, the same donation would offer personal tax relief of £25,000, making the actual cost to the donor £55,000. The difference between £50,000 (2012/13) and £55,000 (2013/14) represents a 10% increase in cost to the donor.

For anyone thinking of making an exceptional gift to a charity or setting up a charitable trust, then the cost could be significantly more in the new tax year. For example, a lump sum transfer of cash or shares worth £500,000 to a registered charity or into a charitable trust would mean the additional cost to the donor will be as much as £31,250.

One option is for donors to put aside charitable funds that they intend to donate over the next year into a Foundation Scotland Charity Account. This effectively allows donors to “park” charitable funds and distribute them typically over a 1 – 2 year period using a charity chequebook. Funds can also be transferred to a private charitable trust.

Foundation Scotland also specialises in setting up light-touch charitable trusts where the burden of appointing trustees and regulatory reporting is taken on by the charity, leaving the donor free to enjoy his or her philanthropy. The Foundation does not charge donors to set up the charitable trust, but instead takes a small annual charge based on value of the trust and the number of donations made.

Daljit Singh, Head of New Development commented “Foundation Scotland offers a simple and tax-efficient way for people to give to causes that they care about, with the minimum of fuss. Donors decide which charitable projects they wish to support and when and how much they wish to donate.”

“By planning ahead and setting up a Foundation Scotland Charity Account or Charitable Trust this will not only benefit the donor but ensure that we maintain the same levels of giving at a time when every penny can make a real difference.”

For further information on the Foundation Charity Account or Charitable Trust telephone 0131 524 0300.

 

 

 

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