Charitable Basis

The charitable objects of the The Paristamen Charity are:

  1. The advancement of the Christian faith
  2. Any other charitable purpose under Scottish charity law not inconsistent with (1).

This means we can potentially support almost any type of charitable work, but we have limited resources – so see the grant-making pages for our priorities. The criteria for our main Responsive Grants programme means we can only support certain types and sizes of charities.

The Paristamen Charity is a Scottish charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO) – registered charity number SC050822.

The charity was  founded in England in 1985 as The Paristamen Foundation, and converted to become The Paristamen CIO, in 2014.  We then became a SCIO, The Paristamen Charity, in 2021.

Our annual report and accounts are normally prepared to 31 March each year – the trustees’ report includes full details of grant making policies and the accounts show the list of grants made. Full reports and accounts for the last few years are available below.

ParistamenTrustees-WebWe currently have four charity trustees (left to right in the picture):

  • Professor Gareth Morgan (Chair)
  • Ms Sheena Stone
  • Mr David McGregor
  • Mrs Sharon Morgan (Admin Trustee)

All four trustees have a wide range of interests in the voluntary sector. All grant-making decisions are taken by the trustees together – trustees’ meetings generally take place three times a year in February/March, June/July and October/November.

Affiliations  ACFNew210317 SGM New Logo (PNG)We are active members of both the Association of Charitable Foundations (UK-wide) and Scottish Grantmakers – we find these networks really valuable.  We are also affiliated to the Christian Funders Forum (including Scottish Christian Funders) and to the Human Rights Consortium Scotland.

We are also signed up to the six pillars of the Funder Commitment on Climate Change – we seek to respect the environment in our own activities, we make some grants specifically to charities working on climate action, and we encourage all our grant recipients to consider the environment in their activities.

Sources of funds  The Paristamen Charity does not have a permanent endowment, but we make grants from donations received.  At present the charity has only a small number of donors although a legacy in 2014 and some other significant gifts in 2020 increased our resources and enabled us to extend our grant-making.

SFAP LogoHowever, we are pleased to receive other donations which would enable us to extend our grant-making activity. Card donations can be made online via the Charities Aid Foundation (search for ‘Paristamen’) – or for larger gifts please contact us directly. We adhere to the Code of Fundraising Practice and we are signed up to the Fundraising Guarantee under the Scottish Fundraising Adjudication Panel.

Recent Annual Reports and Accounts   (PDFs generally approx. 15 pages). These include details of all grants awarded. The latest annual reports and accounts relate to The Paristamen Charity as a SCIO – earlier years relate to our former structure as The Paristamen CIO.