Why have a Foundation?
The Foundation is a separate entity that exists to further the education of pupils at the School. The School will remain a charity in its own right but the major benefit of establishing a separate charity with a single focus, is that it ensures clarity of purpose. This clarity enables heightened transparency of operation so donors can easily follow the funds raised and disbursed.
In a time of fast moving regulatory change, the Foundation will enable fundraising for the School to respond quickly to the needs of legislators and regulators. This will ensure the RGSW can continue to focus on its core purpose of educating children.
Trustees are required to oversee the new charity and this offers a wonderful opportunity to bring together a body of diverse individuals with a range of experience and knowledge to serve the School through the Foundation.
What is the Foundation?
The Foundation is a registered charity (no. 1170217) that has been specifically created to facilitate fundraising for the benefit of the School and its pupils. It will approach this mission with a long-term perspective to enable a structured approach to supporting RGS Worcester, and will become deeply embedded within the School community over the coming years.
The Foundation has its own Board of Trustees who provide oversight and governance of the work undertaken by the Foundation Office. The Foundation Office has taken on the work of the Development Office and is run by Scott MacDonald and Joanna Weaver.
The charity’s fundraising activities are aligned to meeting the needs of RGS Worcester because its beneficiaries will be limited to the School and the pupils. To complement this work the Foundation Office will lead alumni relations and engagement for the School.
The Trustees look forward to meeting many pupils, parents, staff and alumni at School events and alumni gatherings. Foundation fundraising work undertaken by Scott and Jo will consolidate and extend the initiatives they have already undertaken for the School.
How will the Foundation work?
The Foundation Office will continue the work of the Development Office: it will organise alumni social events, it will produce annual reports to keep the alumni community apprised of news from former pupils and the School, it will lead fundraising initiatives, it will report on funds raised and allocated, it will promote the School’s archives, it will seek support and expertise for the RGSW Careers Department, it will respond to alumni queries and it will welcome former pupils, ex-staff and past parents back to the School.
Scott and Jo will remain based in Britannia House and the Development Office contact channels have transferred to the Foundation Office. The Foundation Office running costs are funded from within the School’s operating budget and 100% of all donations to the Foundation will be used exclusively for the purpose expressed by each donor.
The Foundation will publish its own set of annual accounts to ensure donors can see what funds are raised and how this support is benefitting School and its pupils.