Advising Charities Existing for Religious Purposes - What You Need to Know

Advising Charities Existing for Religious Purposes - What You Need to Know


17 Feb 2025

2:30 PM ‐ 4:00 PM

With a SmartPlan £144

With a Season Ticket £160

Standard price £320

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Intermediate: Requires some prior subject knowledge
1.5 hours
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There are more than 20,000 charities that exist for religious purposes, their activities extend locally, nationally, and internationally. Whilst their existence may be known, the intricacies of their culture and inner workings may seem mysterious and opaque to the outsider dealing with them.

This virtual classroom seminar will provide an outline of the distinctive features of religious charities as well as practical information to give an understanding of their functions, strengths, and weaknesses. Drawing on the findings from recent cases including Christ Church Oxford, Central Gurdwara and the Saint George Educational Trust the session will also consider the impact of public perception, allegations, regulatory interventions, and reputational damage.

After viewing the live broadcast, you will be more aware of the unique distinctives of religious charities and better able to advise them.

What You Will Learn

This live broadcast will cover the following:

  • How a religious charity sees its role and makes decisions
  • How to spot who is influencing the charity and its decisions
  • Why a charities ‘membership’ may seem to be regulated outside of the charities governing document
  • What is a ‘statement of belief’, how does it influence a charity and why it might conflict with current legislation?
  • How to spot the danger signs in relation to safeguarding, finance, culture, control, employment and volunteering
  • The areas where a charities conviction and societies opinions might clash
  • The powers of the Charity Commission and why they will/will not intervene

Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.