Charities & Political Campaigning - The Rules
The proliferation of petition sites and the ease of communications via social media mean that charities are continually challenged to do more to gain support for changes in law and policy both in the UK and abroad.
This webinar is designed for all those who advise clients wishing to establish a charity or who are already involved in administering an existing charity. It will enable you to advise your charity clients on the extent to which they can properly use the charity's resources in engaging in political activity and campaigning and be able to defend themselves from criticism by political opponents, the Charity Commission or the Courts.
What You Will Learn
This webinar will cover the following:
- What 'political' purposes cannot be charitable?
- What political activities are not permitted?
- Where can charities lawfully engage in political campaigning?
- The questions trustees must consider before expending funds on political campaigns
- Best practice in monitoring a charity's political activities
- Use of a separate non-charitable subsidiary
- Pitfalls to avoid around election time
- Key cases - charity membership exclusions and circus animal ban
- CC9 'Speaking Out': Charity Commission guidance on political activity and campaigning by charities
- Complaints about Oxfam's 'A Perfect Storm' advert
- RSPCA litigation against illegal hunting
- Controversy over the Charity Commission's initial advice on the 2016 Referendum
This pre-recorded webinar will be streamed at 12:30pm on Wednesday 19th July 2017 and will remain available to view by delegates who have registered by then for 90 days.