Small Grant-Making Charity Seeks New Trustee.
A great opportunity for someone with experience as a fundraiser and knowledge of the voluntary sector to learn what it’s like from the other side as a grant-maker. The Paristamen Charity is a small grant-making charity. The name Paristamen means "We stand beside". It comes from the Bible (Romans 16:2 - Greek) where St Paul asks the readers of his letter to stand beside deacon Phoebe and (by implication) to provide her with financial support. Our vision is to stand beside charities with small grants to make a big difference. We have been operating since 1985: originally in England, but since 2016 we have been in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland. In 2021 we were reestablished as a SCIO.
The charity does not have a permanent endowment, but makes grants from donations received (some regular, some one-off). In a typical year we provide grants totalling £50,000 - £60,000 to a wide range of charitable organisations: the majority being local charities in Scotland. Most grants are relatively small (typically up to £1,000) but we also make one “blue sky” grant up to £25,000 each year.
The charitable objects of Paristamen are:
This means in practice we can support a very wide range of charitable work, addressing social disadvantage, medical issues and much more. For more information see paristamen.org.uk. (Copies of past Trustees Reports and Accounts are also on our website: please note that our first SCIO accounts will be filed in 2022.)
We currently operate with three trustees: Gareth and Sharon Morgan (the founders) and a third independent trustee, but we are now looking for a fourth trustee. (In due course, you may replace the current independent trustee who is under considerable work pressure.)
We currently have three trustees meetings per year. In addition to attending meetings, each trustee spends some time prior to meetings reviewing applications received and there is some liaison by e-mail between meetings.
Gareth Morgan is Chair and Sharon Morgan acts as Admin Trustee on a voluntary basis, dealing with all the correspondence and grant applications. Only applications which appear to meet our grant-making criteria are resented for consideration by the trustees as a whole.
The new trustee role
We are seeking someone who:
As a trustee, the role is unpaid, but travel expenses can be reimbursed (though given the modest resources available we suggest it would work best if you live or work within the area of Edinburgh and the Lothians).
As a trustee you would not be able to apply to Paristamen for any organisation where you are directly involved (but our grants are relatively small in any case and hopefully it would be a worthwhile learning experience if you have other roles in the sector).
Although we are only a small grant-making charity, we are active members of Scottish Grantmakers and of the Association of Charitable Foundations. We seek to work to the same standards of professionalism as many larger trusts. We also take part in other voluntary sector activities.