One of the most common routes to setting up a charity is first to become a company, even though many aspects of a company do not apply in this case. Hyphen-21 does not function commercially, ie does not compete with anyone, or sell anything, or seek to make financial profit. However, its charitable status has empowered it to apply for charitable funding to engage in particular initiatives. In the case of Hyphen-21, these have all been in relation to the “Poems for…the wall” project. Funders have included the Arts Council, the NHS, the Baring Foundation, the John Lewis Partnership, the Mayor of London, the Foreign Office.
As a result of the way it was set up, the charity is subject to the regulations of Companies House as well as to the Charity Commissioners. In principle, each requires us to be accountable to a public, through them, as well as to our own Trustees. We report to each organisation on an annual basis.
Following and extending that same principle, we decided to publish our annual reports on this site, as well as sending them to the bodies mentioned above. This will allow more people to read our record of activities.
For several years, Hyphen-21’s annual reports always included a Statement of Principle as part of the introduction. That statement grew and developed as more thought was given to it year by year, which in turn made the report ever longer and also meant that every year the regular reader, ie the charity’s Trustees, had to wade through a great deal of repetition each winter ! Accordingly, in 2012, the charity’s statement of principles was extracted from the main body of the annual report, to be read as a separate standing item by anyone who might be interested. You can find it at the top of the right hand column on this page, entitled “Restating the Position 2012”.
The “Restating the Position” piece is also being added to the “Background” section of this site (see the top of the left hand menu on the Home page).
The latest Director’s can be found beneath the 2012 piece.