COPS has incorporated

Posted on July 13, 2017 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

We have completed the process of incorporating our charity. This means that COPS is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with the charity number 1170760

Why have we incorporated?

A CIO is a legal entity in its own right, a little bit like a Limited Company only with charitable objects. Becoming a CIO means that COPS is better placed to support survivors. From a legal and governance perspective, being a CIO makes it more straightforward and secure to enter into contracts with suppliers (such as Winston’s Wish and Red Arc), employ staff and invest our reserves appropriately.

What has changed?

We have broadened our charitable objects a little to reflect better what we do and who we support. These now state that that the charity is here to provide support to families and partners of police officers and police staff who have lost their lives in connection with police duty, by offering practical and emotional assistance to cope with the trauma of such a death.

As a new legal entity we have a new charity number – 1170760. This applies to England and Wales. Please use this new charity number from now on. Due to a different process, our Scottish Charity number remains as it was.

What hasn’t changed?

What we are called and what we do remain unchanged. We are Care Of Police Survivors (COPS) and we are here to support families, focussing on peer support and the ways in which we can make that as effective as possible.

How does the incorporation affect me?

If you are a charity beneficiary, a survivor, a COPS family – there is no day to day change. We will be better able to enter contracts to support you, but we will not be doing anything radically different.

If you are a funder, a donor, a supporter – please use the new charity number when raising money for and/or promoting the work of the charity. We are updating all our promotional materials, so please destroy any documents which contain the old charity number.

I have started a fundraising activity and have received some donations already, should I change the charity number now?

If you have already received donations, there is no need to change the charity number now – you can continue with the old number until the activity has finished and use the new charity number from next time.

We have completed the process of incorporating our charity. This means that COPS is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with the charity number 1170760

 

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