On 2 January 2013, Lara’s Foundation was registered as a charity at the Charity Commission.
Until now Lara’s Foundation has been operated as a charitable trust through the Charities Aid Foundation. However, given the level of funds raised to date and the fact that we are now ready to award our first scholarships, it was decided that the time was right to register as an independent charity. Operating as an independent charity will give us greater autonomy over how funds raised are applied and will ensure that we are able to function more efficiently and effectively than ever!
The full name of the new charity is the Lara Jones Charitable Foundation, but the charity will continue with the working name of Lara’s Foundation. To add to the excitement, Lara’s Foundation is the first ever Charitable Incorporated Organisation to be registered in the country – CIO’s are a new type of corporate entity designed specifically and only for charities and were introduced by the government in December 2012.
Many thanks to Kate Buchanan whose dedication and general wizardry ensured that we got the number one spot!