Archive for September, 2006
Question: Can anyone tell me how to start a UK charity?
I have read the charity commission site but I really dont understand about trustee’s etc. Does anyone know if it is pretty straight forward to start a charity? The Charity will be based abroad but will have a UK charity number.
Answer: as far as i am aware you must be registered as an official charity, i found this on google maybe it will help you. www.charity-commission.gov.uk/registeredcharities/first.asp - 20k - Cached - Similar pages
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Charity Rallies - Go Help Trustee on the BBC 2/2
Charitable Giving And Taxes
Question: Is there a tax benefit from charitable giving?
Answer: Yes very much. but it has a clause of certain charity org under which you get the rebate like PM charity org, CRy and some other. Before donating you can find out from the org if they have been approved by the govt. they would then give a receipt which can be then claimed under tax rebate.
Lea Thompson: Obama Plan Will Deter Charitable Giving to a 'Certain Extent'
Tax Planning Books
Question: can anyone recommend a good book on business planning?
I know a lot about business i need help with the laws and planning for a small business such as getting a name and tax numbers and so on
more of the getting up and running I have my own plans and dont need help there just need help on getting it off and running
Answer: Business Plans that Work by Jeffrey Timmons et al (or other books by Timmons).
What (really) Works by William Joyce et al.
Buy books on Amazon and you will have lots of recommendations for other books.
Remember to RUN YOUR BUSINESS and don't let planning and reading get ahead of running the business and making profits.
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Charitable Giving Statistics 2008
Copyright (c) 2008 Drew Stevens PhD
Many Non-profit organizations enact in an egregious manner. It perplexes me that Non Profit organizations believe that there is a significant difference in performance, reporting and business methodology. This myth is not only untrue and must cease. Fact, Non-Profit organizations require bureaucracy, goals and accountability. More importantly Non-Profits must always be marketing.
While reading a national periodical I read that a fairly prominent Non-Profit was preparing to cut as much as one-third of its headquarters staff, up to 1,000 employees, and pare regional management due to fundraising issues. Is this a lack of money, or simply a lack of selling and a lack of accountability? I am often intrigued when management cuts staff to raise profits and even more concerned when issues arise because organizations fail to remain committed to its only rational goals- retain and gain clients.
Organizations must refrain from current habits; they will find an excuse for anything. The real issue is accountability. Some non-profits fail miserably at marketing and sales. Recent research for this article indicates that many non-profits focus attention on operations rather than an outward focus.
Currently, examples of fund raising efforts involve galas and unfortunately notoriety following a disaster. Most organizations are staffed with volunteers uneducated in closing sponsors and requesting money. The means to an end for many organizations is to implement a professional selling force that is 1) hungry in the hunt and enjoys searching for dollars in precarious places, 2) enjoys networking to uncover possible donations and 3) will not hesitate to ask for the business.
Secondly, many firms believe that internal training augments large spending. Not true. From over 25 years with clients around the globe I typically get calls from organizations to conduct training for two vital reasons,
1) there is a bias within the organization that disavows market trends.
organizations must focus on motivation and production. Managers are not well versed in compensation, goal matrices etc. Sales people are driven by proper goals and compensation.
3) There is a systematic approach to selling and many internal trainers use books and tapes rather than practical experience. Sales take longer to close and professionals as well as executives get frustrated with lagging revenue.
4) Internal training is myopic. In recent research 76% of firms that internally train do so once per year, then speculate why production and profits fail.
Training needs to instill hunger not focus on service offerings.
6) Internal training fails in how to close business.
Finally, there is a horrendous disconnection between, clients, staff and at times boards of directors concerning marketing intentions. A recent trip revealed that staff and clients did not understand what the organization did. Staff and executives could not agree on the external message to clients. Worse yet many staff were unclear why the organization existed. It is imperative for organization to develop a solid value proposition. A pithy statement focusing on output and client values transcends purpose for staff and focus for clients and donors. An example statement- Transforming lives on the road to independence. With all working in concert the organization operates with a joint purpose. All staff are then involved in the selling process. A value proposition focused on output and benefit to clients.
Clearly not all non-profits are dysfunctional and many do not have these issues. Yet many do and fail to realize that success hinges upon the ability to raise funds- continually. Rather than use perfunctory fundraising methods, organizations should use methods employed by for profit institutions. With changes in market conditions and the economy specifically, donations become slimmer and competition increases. Currently, 850,455 public charities and 104,276 private foundations are registered with the IRS. (Source: The Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, Business Master File 01/06) In addition, 463,714 other types of nonprofit organizations, such as chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues, are registered with the IRS. (Source: The Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, Business Master File 01/06) This creates a highly competitive enviornment with many organizations vying for similar dollars. Even for non-profits the world flatten with globalization and competition requiring a thirst for differentiation.
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Drew Stevens Phd works with organizations to maximize sales in less time. Drew can assist your organization with sales or customer service. Order his latest book now, Split Second Selling available on Amazon.com or at his website,http://www.gettingtothefinishline.com/products.php
Fulfilling the Promise of Micro-Philanthropy – a Web-Based Approach
Charitable Trust Jim Cramer
In the world of stock investing, the more you know, the better you are. Most investors subscribe to at least one business journal and others subscribe to investor newsletters. The costs of subscriptions are reasonable compared to other specialized reading services. Many of the news journal also contain daily news stories and expert commentary. Most of the business news services and advisory newsletters are accessible on the Internet or in paper format.
There are numerous financial newsletters available on-line and in paper format. Of the ones I have reviewed there are only two that I would recommend for their value in stock investing. The Morningstar Stock Reporter is a monthly publication that has great research on stocks. The information is easy to digest and the format is easy to read. The subscription is about $89 per year.
The Street dot com stock advisory is unique. It is produced by Jim Cramer who has decades of experience in investing in the ups, downs and in between times on the stock market. He has a charitable trust that he keeps tabs on and invests. Due to a variety of reasons he is not an active trader of hedge funds or other investments.
Dow Jones industrial average investment
Currently, the top stocks are doing quite well on the stock market. Due to the small number of stocks that make up the DJIA all it takes it a few of the stocks to take a dive and the overall average can take a dip. It is good to analyze the sectors that make up the components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Large Multi-National stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average: This category takes into account basic materials, drugs, machinery, autos and big cap companies that have a major influence on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Microsoft Corporation, United Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Verizon Communications, International Business Machines, AT&T and Intel Corp. round out the influence of technology influence on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. .
The Stock Market is the greatest show on earth and this can be explained by the very human trait of enjoying the art of the trade. It is the present day version of a day in the square with all of the smells, color and fanfare of a carnival where people communicate and come together to sell their wares. The Stock Market provides that ingredient of human existence that enjoys watching or participating in a good trade.
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