Help Needed: Charity Law

Many of you reading this will be aware that OnlyMums and OnlyDads are in the middle of changing our status from a voluntary organisation into a Registered Charity.

This transition has come at a time when we have never been busier. Our Panel is at “overload”, direct enquiries and crisis calls are on the increase. More importantly, our mission of supporting both mums and dads with clear “children first” support and direction has struck a chord with people; week on week, we are getting busier.

We have no doubt that our approach is a good one – non sexist, non-judgmental, and directing mums and dads to specialist professional support and charitable organisations that can offer support on the ground has, perhaps, never been more needed. Charitable status will allow us to step up a gear to do even more. But…

Help is Required

To cut to the chase, we are looking for a charity solicitor to “hand hold” us through the preparation of the key charitable documentation. We know it is vital, given the importance of our work, to get this right!

We don’t at the moment, have the budget to simply walk into a solicitor’s office and pay the fees (for anyone who has launched a charity – they will recognise this problem – the need for professional advice and support comes at a time when, because you are not yet a charity, funding becomes a real problem).

We have, incidentally, put up a “donate” button to help us through this transition period.

What can we do in return?

At the risk of sounding like some East-end wide-boys, if we can secure some free professional advice, we can offer year-long promotion via logos on our very popular websites (they can appear on the “About Us” section, and introduction and promotion to our thousands of twitter followers.

Eyes-wide open

We know that our working backdrop of single parents, dads, and divorce are not, politically speaking, flavour of the month; raising funds when we become a charity will be difficult. This is why Rebecca and I are flat-out at the moment ensuring we have a strong and sustainable business plan. We have some truly first-class trustees lined up, we have a clear strategy as to what we want to do and how to do it – but it is just this transition period that is proving difficult. Massive workload combined with additional structural change all while operating on a shoe-string is far from easy.

This is why we are asking for support – and if anyone is interested in supporting us – that would be so good. We wouldn’t be asking if we didn’t have to!

Many thanks

 

Bob and Rebecca

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About onlydads

Single Dad living near Totnes in Devon. I founded www.onlydads.org in 2007 and live with my daughters Priya, 14 and Anya 11. I write about single parenting, work, overcoming trials and tribulations and sometimes not overcoming trials and tribulations.
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