The CTC Charitable Trust
A Registered Charity (No. 1104324)
The CTC Charitable Trust
We know from the results of CTC member surveys, and the feedback we receive from you day-to-day, that you strongly support the work we do campaigning for cycling and the wider benefits that this has for society as a whole. Despite the fact that some of our projects – like Cycle Training – are already funded by Government, we have missed out on funding in the past because we are not a charity. Whilst we manage to do a lot, we could do so much more. There are all sorts of financial benefits associated with CTC having a charitable arm, but essentially the CTC Charitable Trust will allow us to raise extra funds and spend them more efficiently. The Trust will not affect your membership or the benefits you get from it in any way, but it will enable CTC to promote cycling to a far wider audience.
1. How do CTC and its Charitable Trust work together?
CTC and its charity arm share aims, governance, premises, staff and administration but are split into two clear areas of work.
Staff with public roles, such as campaigning, marketing and cycle development, work for the charity leaving the remaining staff and all the main service contractors dedicated to delivering CTC’s membership services. The CTC Charitable Trust is the principle employer and main user of the site, it makes good financial sense for the new building to be in the name of the Trust. The membership organisation is therefore a tenant of the trust.
CTC supports the work of the charitable trust by donations from its membership income, but in addition, the Trust has started an extensive fundraising programme working alongside CTC’s marketing and trading activities.
2. How does this affect CTC membership?
It doesn’t. The Trust simply allows CTC to raise much more money for cycling, take advantage of tax benefits and spend subscriptions more efficiently. With the extra money, CTC will be able to promote cycling to a far larger audience than at present.
3. What are the benefits of having a charitable arm?
The Trust will be able to claim some tax and rate reliefs. That can make a huge difference to all our vital campaigning for safer cycling and getting more young people using bikes. In addition, charitable trusts are one of the major recipients of grants in the voluntary sector. CTC has in the past missed out on major grants because it has not had a charitable arm.