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News from OSCR on publicising charitable status

Posted in News on Tuesday, 11 July 2017
News from OSCR on publicising charitable status The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is supporting Scottish charities publicise their charitable status by providing them with a personalised registration logo.

Everyone running a charity should be aware of the legal requirement to promote their charitable status to the public. This is set out in section 15 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and explained in the guidance on the OSCR website.

To help charities do this in a clear and consistent way, OSCR has produced a charity registration logo that can be downloaded free of charge and used on a charity’s website, email signatures and publications, including hard copy. Every logo contains an individual Scottish charity’s number on it.

To download it, all a charity has to do is visit their entry in the Scottish Charity Register and click on the link next to ‘OSCR Registration Logo’. There are also guidelines that explain how it should be used.

This updated logo replaces the one released in February 2016 - which was intended for electronic use only. The feedback showed that organisations wanted a logo that could be used on printed materials and contained their own charity number.

This latest version comes in a variety of formats, so charitable status can be highlighted on a range of items.

OSCR Head of Engagement Jude Turbyne said, “Aside from the legal requirement, it is good practice and good sense to show the public that an organisation is a charity. It demonstrates transparency, encourages goodwill, inspires public trust and confidence and, hopefully, encourages more donations.

“This free resource will allow Scottish Charities to do just that. We’ve made the process of downloading a charity’s registration logo simple and straightforward, so please get yours today.

“Please spread the word to other charity colleagues. We want as many charities to know about this resource as possible”


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