Earth Community Trust

Be an ECT Voice for the Earth

You too can be a Voice for the Earth

In fact, you probably already are – if you are speaking out on behalf of the Earth, making visible your work and seeding Earth care in ways in which can create a better world.

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We believe in supporting people

Who you are and what you value comes first. We value and support individuals that are aligned with our Objects. individuals that advance similar values as ours can apply to be a Voice for gift funding purposes to advance your work.

Our key charitable Objects are to:

  1. promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment with particular reference to permaculture, bio-dynamics and with a view to helping people connect with nature; and
  2. advance the education of the public in the theory and practice of holistic living. Holistic living means a way of living that recognises human beings as a part of the greater whole.

Sometimes when you are offered funds, you will find that your funder requires you to have charitable status. This can stop many people from proceeding with good ideas. Setting up and running a charity takes much organising and sometimes that is not the best use of a person’s skills. Instead you can use ECT and in return we retain a tithing fee.

The ECT is a UK conduit charity, which means that you can come under the ECT umbrella when you require a charity bank account facility for your gifted funds. Where a UK taxpayer wishes to gift you funds, you can process your funds through the ECT rather than setting up a charity for your organisation. In other words your funds are ring-fenced in your name, less our tithe fee that we retain – normally 10%. In accordance with the UK Charity Commission, we require you to provide ECT with a summary of funds allocated and used thereof.

Why we believe in tithing: a tithe is a one-tenth part of something, paid as a contribution back to our community, which helps support and keep our system in place. In this way we can build a system that has low costs, is self-funding and self-nourishing.

How we can help you

We can provide a supporting bank facility where:

  1.  your funders are UK taxpayers;
  2.  your funders gifts are to be treated as charity tax deductible in the UK; and
  3.  you do not have existing charitable status.

If all of the above applies, and your purpose and values align with ours, we invite you to join us and become one of the Earth Community Trusts Voices for the Earth.

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How to Become a Voice for the Earth

For Charity Commission purposes we ask you to complete a form. We have kept it as simple as possible (it should take you no longer than 1/2 hour to complete) and our guidance notes set out why we ask the questions as set out.  We trust that you will find our form easy to complete, however, should you find it difficult in any way, please do not hesitate to let us know.

  • What we require from you: complete the Voices for the Earth Application Form, and sign the declaration at the end of the form. You can download our form here: ECT Voices App form 10.17
  • You can download our Voices for the Earth Guidance Notes here: ECT Voices Guidance notes 10.17

You can see our current Voices for the Earth on our Home page.

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