Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Can Form 5495 Charities

Instructions and Help about Can Form 5495 Charities

Hello everyone I'm Matthew Taylor I'm the RSA's chief executive it's my great pleasure to welcome you here this evening before we begin could I ask you to make sure your mobile phone is switched to silent we're filming tonight's event and live streaming over the web so welcome to everyone watching online the hashtag for tonight's event is RS a charity if you'd like to get involved in the discussion on Twitter now housekeeping notices over I'm pleased to introduce this evening's distinguished speaker Baroness Tina Stoll Tina joined the charity Commission as chair in February 2018 she joined the House of Lords as about bencher in January 2011 was promoted to the government from bench in September the same year she was leader of the House of Lords and Lord privy seal until July 2016 before joining the House of Lords so Tina's career before she joined the charity Commission in February this year was spent 25 years in government politics and the media nevertheless she tells me she won't be dancing to the podium but she did say and I shouldn't this is totally unfair that you said this to me she didn't say she's a better dancer than the Prime Minister but we are we will not get the proof this evening folks is I have to tell you so we're delighted to welcome Tina this evening we look forward to hearing her ambitions for the charity Commission and indeed for the sector as a whole Tina will set out a new strategic direction for the regulator which aims to ensure that charities are true to their purpose maximize their benefit to society and inspire public trust there's a chief executive of a charity myself I'm looking forward to hearing Tina's vision I'll be joining Tina later on stage to lead the conversation in response to her speech and to then we'll be looking forward to hearing your questions and comments too so for now please join me in welcoming Tina Stoll thank you very much good evening everyone and I'm delighted to be here and I'm very grateful to Matthew and all of his team here at the RSA for hosting us this evening as Matthew has explained I'd like this evening to set out my ambitions for the charity Commission and for the charities we regulate in the years ahead but before I do I'd like to tell a story it's a familiar story but one that goes to the heart of the issue we are discussing tonight over a year ago in the early hours of the 14th of June 2017 a devastating fire took hold of a residential housing block in West London the consequences of the grenfell tower disaster have been utterly horrifying they are not for me to relate it is for the victims and survivors to do so themselves on their terms nor do I want to go into the official response to the disaster or indeed the work the many registered charities that stepped in to coordinate relief efforts I'd like instead to look at the response of ordinary people private citizens in the hours and days after that terrifying event what we saw was hundreds of people from within North Kensington and far beyond moved to help those in need people brought food and water they brought clothes buy blankets nappies for babies toys for children they came to give their time offer a hand their ear on whatever expertise they had to offer and thousands of people donated over 28 million pounds they gave to registered charities to informal appeals via online fundraising platforms in whatever way was available to them that was that is charity in its purest form it's the impulse that compels us to take action that benefits others our neighbours our community our nation people and causes in places and countries far removed from our own experience charity involves generosity of course but it is more than that it's the fundamental human instinct to offer help where we see problems improve on what is already good and to leave the world better than we found it all charity is at heart about altruism and selflessness about respect and care for people and causes other than ourselves that is why we feel moved when we see or hear stories about people who genuinely put themselves out for the sake of others why seeing genuine acts of charity from others can motivate us to get involved too and why when charity reaches its full potential its benefits stretch far beyond the immediate recipients or beneficiaries it has far wider consequences it makes for better communities a better society a better world this is not a new insight the generations we have had laws and regulations to promote charitable behavior and maximize its potential for good but I argue that the benefits of charitable endeavor are more important now than they have ever been we live in a country marked by divisions and disruption social political economic and by deep uncertainties we are watching high street stalwarts decline and in some cases crumble our politics is more divisive and our public discourse shrila than in living memory and as citizens we increasingly live in echo chambers of our own assumptions many communicate more with like-minded strangers online than with the real complex people that surround them in their communities these divides and uncertainties are creating profound challenges to our way of life charitable behavior has a unique potential to bridge divides and help us confront uncertainty with purpose and hope acts of charity bring people together in place and in shared aims attitudes and achievements and they prove that we all gain a lot when we give a little according to our means and our abilities our society needs charitable behavior to flourish but we know that at the moment charities collectively are not fulfilling their potential the clearest evidence we have for this