Open Briefing is registered company limited by guarantee (No. 07649656) and a certified social enterprise (No. 9489). This non-profit nature is reflected in our Articles of Association, which are available on request. Of particular importance are the following two articles:
Non-profit clause. Article 3 states that ‘The income and property of the Company shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Company… The directors undertake to ensure no profit from the company is paid or transferred directly or indirectly, by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise to the members of the company.’
Asset lock. Article 5 states that ‘If upon the winding up or dissolution of the Company there remains… any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid or distributed among the Members of the Company, but shall be transferred either to some other institution… having objects similar to the objects of the Company, or to some institution… the objects of which are the promotion of charity…’
In addition, our accounts are subjected to an independent examination by a qualified accountant in line with the guidance set out by the Charity Commission.
We pursue charitable objectives in line with our mission, which is:
To enable at-risk civil society organisations and activists on the frontlines of civil society to achieve transformative social and environmental change by ensuring their safety and resilience.
As such, our activities fulfil the public benefit criteria set out by the Charity Commission and align with the following charitable purpose set out in the Charities Act 2011:
The advancement of human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation or the promotion of religious or racial harmony or equality and diversity.
For the above reasons, Oak Foundation, the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation, the Marmot Charitable Trust, the Philamonic Trust and the Network for Social Change have all treated Open Briefing’s work as charitable in nature and not required a conduit charity for funding purposes.