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Slew of charities struck from the register

Twelve organisations have lost charitable status, as authorities review financial records in advance of tighter regulations for the Island's third sector.

A further 13 charities have expired, according to the latest figures.

Struck from the register is the Berkeley Institute Alumni Association, which last handed in financial statements five years ago.

That charity is dormant and had no financial activity to report, according to a spokesman for the school.

“The Alumni Association has not been active for in excess of ten years, so they made the decision to allow its registration as a charity to lapse,” the spokesman said.

Also terminated was the Bermuda Hospice Trust, which has never supplied financial statements to Government.

Bermuda Martial Arts Federation, which last submitted accounts for April 30, 2005, was taken off the list by the Commission.

Other charities, which were due for re-registration and have dropped off the latest lists, are: Bermuda Pacers (accounted for up until October, 2011), Bermuda Physiotherapy Association (to August, 2012); Bible Broadcasting Network of Bermuda, a new charity; Bsmart Development Foundation (accounted to December, 2011) l Caledonian society of Bermuda (to March, 2012), and Child Watch (to March, 2012).

The Denton Hurdle Memorial Scholarship Fund, which last sent in financials in June, 1993, has been closed by the Commission.

Dynamic Debaters and Learners, a new charity, has not renewed its registration.

Cancelled was the group Friends of Bermuda Cathedral, which has never sent its financial statements to the Registry General — and which a member of staff at the office of the Anglican Cathedral said had ceased functioning.

Jewish Community of Bermuda and Jiketsu Martial Productions Foundation both appear to have let their registration lapse.

Also struck from the register were: Key Women of Bermuda, which submitted at the end of 2001; Kiwanis Club of Sandys, which submitted on September 30, 2007; Omega Phi Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, which submitted at the end of 2004; Operation Respect, which last submitted in October, 2001; Parents Anonymous of Bermuda, which submitted on March 31, 2008; The Smith Quintuplets Charity Fund which last submitted on December 31, 2000, and Special Olympics Bermuda, which last submitted on August 31, 2008.

Orbis Founders Philanthropies was not renewed, as was the group Phenomenal People, the Tuleeni Charitable Trust, and the Touch the World Foundation.

Including the list's 11 recent additions (see side article), this brings the Island's total number of registered charities registered in the Island to 363.

However, more could be deregistered as the Charities Commission winds up its survey of financial statements — a job expected to take around six more weeks.

Not all charities that have fallen behind have been cut from the register.

The Bermuda Police Benevolent Fund, whose most recent financials filed with the Registry General are from December 31, 2009, have been given extra time.

A spokesman said the service was “working on completing the required financial records, and expects to submit them very shortly”.

Others, like the Bermuda Fencing Federation — which last filed on December 31, 2004 — have been inactive, but are planning to start back up.

This list was compiled from records compiled by the Registry General's office.

Newly registered charities

The latest roster registered charities in Bermuda shows 11 new names:

ABC Football School

Bermuda Rowing Association

Bermuda Urban Park Association

Clara Mohammed School, IPTSA

Melange

Raleigh International Bermuda (“RIB”)

Ride the Wave Bermuda

The Bermuda Reading Association

The Lorraine Rest Home Amenities Committee

Transforming Arts Association and Ministry

Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative of Bermuda

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Published October 17, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 17, 2013 at 9:49 am)

Slew of charities struck from the register

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