The Charity Sleuths

What the Intelligent Giving researchers are uncovering, and whose turn it is to make the tea

Friday, August 11, 2006

The grass is always shorter...

One of our most important pieces of work is writing short overviews of each charitable sector so the public can get some context on their favourite charities. We are having these pieces checked by (some very accommodating) experts - and are finding some interesting things.

In sport, for example, there are Community Amateur Sports Clubs - organisations that encourage local participation by keeping fees low and providing facilities. They are not-for-profits but many avoid registering as charities as the Charity Commission can, allegedly, apply unwanted restrictions.

We were quoted the example of a cricket club being forced to allow the grass on its pitch to grow to a certain length so that members of the public could sit comfortably on it. Thereby providing sitting access for all - but cricket access for nobody.

Or is this just a non-charitable urban myth?

Neill

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