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GALHA Future Workshop

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GALHA Future Workshop

  1. 1. workshop<br />The future shape of GALHA<br />Introduction to discussion<br />Adam Knowles<br />Chair<br />
  2. 2. The story so farA brief history of GALHA’s form<br />1979: ‘Gay Humanist Group’ founded as an unincorporated association<br />1980s: changed name to explicitly include lesbians. Renamed ‘GALHA’.<br />1996: GALHA creates the PTT charity<br />2000s: Relationship between GALHA and the PTT breaks down. Formal relationship stopped at the PTT end, continues at the GALHA end. <br />2008: GALHA itself applies for charitable status, setting up a Ltd company as part of the process.<br />2011: GALHA application for charitable status declined.<br />
  3. 3. On becoming A Charitywhat was the big idea?<br />Benefits<br />Tax <br />Kudos<br />Support available<br />Limited liability for the organisation by being a Ltd company.<br />Updates and strengthens our formal constitution<br />Drawbacks<br />Additional administrative burden<br />Additional constraints on activity<br />
  4. 4. Why our charity application was declined<br />Political campaigning as a proportion of our whole activity is too high to justify a tax break from the government<br />Risk of private benefits for members judged too likely.<br />Target audience not defined widely enough<br />
  5. 5. The contexttrends and insights<br />Those who give money and those who give time are often not the same people.<br />Usually people have a broad but shallow range of causes they support.<br />They support them in less formal, looser ways such as online (Facebook, Meetup), joining a protest or regular Direct Debit.<br />
  6. 6. The contextThe committee<br />Many on the current Committee are nearing the end of an appropriate ‘term’ i.e. 2 – 4 years<br />Despite best efforts we have increasingly struggled to replace Committee members<br />Keeping up with legal and mandatory reporting requirements is becoming increasingly complex and costly<br />
  7. 7. So..Some things we could do<br />Shift toward campaign-specific fundraising eg atheist bus rather than member subscriptions.<br />Change the membership structure to provide greater flexibility in how people can contribute to advancing LGBT Humanism.<br />We can try this if we rethink our fixed costs.<br />Outsourcing key admin tasks (membership management, financial reporting) means they benefit from efficiencies of scale.<br />
  8. 8. Where do we go from here?<br />Stay as we are, an unincorporated voluntary association<br />Transfer in to the Limited company via an SGM<br />Go back to the drawing board and come up with a new option<br />
  9. 9. Become the LGBT section of the BHA<br />Key features<br />They will take care of all our membership admin<br />They will fulfill all official financial reporting requirements<br />They will provide 1 x Committee member plus a minute-taker for Committee meetings<br />We will operate from a ‘restricted fund’<br />We will become constrained to activity allowable by a charity<br />We use the name ‘GALHA, the LGBT section of the BHA’.<br />
  10. 10. Compare to the charity planrecall what we aimed for<br />Benefits<br />Tax <br />Kudos<br />Support available<br />Limited liability for the organisation<br />Updates and strengthens our formal constitution<br />Reduced administrative burden<br />More next..<br />Drawbacks<br />Additional administrative burden<br />Additional constraints on activity<br />More next..<br />
  11. 11. GALHA and the BHAkey benefits<br />Closer working relationship with the BHA: <br />Access to their 28,000 members & supporters.<br />Links easier/more productive with the AHS, the IHEU etc.<br />Administration of members and annual finances removed from Committee responsibility. <br />Better legal protection for committee members.<br />Significant reduction in costs from efficiencies of scale in postage, affiliations.<br />Tax benefit as part of a charity.<br />Press releases and contacts joined together.<br />VAT paid on services and supplies can be reclaimed.<br />New constitution removes historical anomaly of PTT donors being GALHA members without GALHA receiving money.<br />Ends having to run and submit reports on both unincorporated GALHA and the present Ltd company.<br />
  12. 12. GALHA and the BHAkey drawbacks/risks<br />Loss of independence, autonomy and name equity<br />Cost of the change to GALHA: couple of all-member mailings, legal fees<br />Members may leave if they object to it, including some key members or VPs<br />A reduced committee size may have unintended consequences<br />Risk that by moving closer to the BHA we move further from other partners including the NSS<br />Significant risk of reduced income if current GALHA members do not made additional donations<br />Risk the Charity Commission will see this as GALHA becoming a charity by the back door<br />
  13. 13. GALHA and the BHAreducing administrative overhead<br />
  14. 14. GALHA and the BHARisk: impact of reduced committee size<br />Current<br />Future<br />
  15. 15. GALHA and the BHAIMPACT ON MEMBERS THEMSELVES<br />Benefits<br />Single, complementary source for Humanist news, views and leadership<br />Those already BHA members no longer pay a 'dual' subscription to GALHA (though we hope for additional donations)<br />Drawbacks<br />Increase in subscription fee for non-BHA members<br />Loss of independent identity of the current organisation<br />
  16. 16. GALHA and the BHAAbout the name<br />The name GALHA..<br />retains the equity built up in our reputation over many years.<br />But..<br />Excludes ‘B’ and ‘T’.<br />Would no longer stand for anything. We cannot be an association within an association. <br />
  17. 17. GALHA and the BHAWhat we’ve done so far<br />Held initial meetings with the BHA to discover the feasibility of such a move.<br />Written draft bye-laws that would govern the new GALHA.<br />Submitted these to a meeting of the BHA Trustees who agreed the approach.<br />Mailed all members the detailed proposal and an invitation to come here and discuss it.<br />
  18. 18. GALHA and the BHAPOSSIBLE TIMELINE<br />Within 2 months: finalise the new constitution and arrangements in detail.<br />+1 month: mail all members with at least 1 month notice of an SGM where winding up will be discussed<br />+1 month: convene an SGM to decide the matter<br />Then as soon as possible:<br />Mail all members with option to opt-out/request refund by post or online.<br />Opt-out available/pro-rata refunds issued<br />Move existing GALHA members into the BHA via the transitional arrangement to be agreed<br />
  19. 19. GALHA and the BHA<br />Excepts from emails received following the mailer<br />Have your say<br />“I support the proposal to affiliate as an independent sub-section of the BHA.  I have attended various of their events and have respect for Andrew Copson, and they are obviously keen to support us and our particular field. I also think it might help us to a more balanced membership - more women in particular especially if they only have to be supporters not necessarily out gay.”<br />- Maureen Duffy, GALHA President<br />“I am opposed to the proposal that GALHA become a section of the BHA. I have been a staunch supporter of the BHA. However, the founders of GALHA, including myself, opted to set up an autonomous organisation and I think it should remain so.”<br />- George Broadhead, Founding member and Vice President<br />“I am very much supportive of the idea of becoming a subsection of BHA for most of the reasons set out.   A further point may be made is of the expertise of the BHA in matters of civil ceremonies and funerals etc., and GALHA members could consider this as a positive reason for closer ties.”<br />- John Watt, OrmskirkLancs<br />“Has the Committee considered the other, cheap and easy, route to 'charitable recognition' - an' Industrial and Provident Society?”<br />- Chris Richardson, GALHA member<br />
  20. 20. Have your say<br />
  21. 21. www.galha.org<br />
  22. 22. 2011 AGM<br />

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