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by Matt Harrison
Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Outcome of membership scheme
Replies: 272
Views: 24545

Re: Outcome of membership scheme

One outcome is that the introduction of the membership scheme means that I have joined the ECF. I only play the odd league game (often against D. Fault), but the online membership system made it easy to join when I was signing my son up for Gold membership.
by Matt Harrison
Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Finance Council Meeting
Replies: 448
Views: 28778

Re: Finance Council Meeting

The cvent website says that their software handles all the payment processing to an existing or new merchant account. The ECF will presumably already have one of these and be bearing the cost of processing card payments right now, or indeed of paying in cheques to their bank account. When my charity...
by Matt Harrison
Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic - games only
Replies: 240
Views: 15853

Re: London Chess Classic - games only

Three!
by Matt Harrison
Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championships Tenders sought
Replies: 57
Views: 6475

Re: British Championships Tenders sought

ITT = Invitation To Tender
by Matt Harrison
Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New structure for the ECF
Replies: 29
Views: 3854

Re: New structure for the ECF

Andrew Farthings point are well made. If there is scope to get the entire membership fee Gift Aid eligible and a significant potential for legacies, then those are very clear benefits. The VAT threshold issue is surely only a short-term benefit - any expansion of the ECF is likely to make this a moo...
by Matt Harrison
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New structure for the ECF
Replies: 29
Views: 3854

Re: New structure for the ECF

For Gift Aid eligibility, if membership is set at £12, then the value of benefits received by members must be less than 25% (£3). If the value of benefits (grading plus ?) exceed £3 then the membership could be split into two elements, the payment for the benefit and a separate donation. But the ...
by Matt Harrison
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New structure for the ECF
Replies: 29
Views: 3854

Re: New structure for the ECF

Gift Aid is a potentially viable route. London Zoo certainly use this on their admission fees. The question on eligibility of membership fees is whether use of the ECF grading scheme counts as personal use of the charities facilities. There is also a potential VAT benefit of charitable registration ...
by Matt Harrison
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: New structure for the ECF
Replies: 29
Views: 3854

Re: New structure for the ECF

Speaking as a charitable company secretary and finance director for the last 15 years, the move to charity status seems moderately irrelevant to me. It's not clear to me that the financial benefits outweight the costs and resultant increase in regulatory responsibilities. Charities are certainly not...
by Matt Harrison
Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM
Replies: 991
Views: 52640

Re: Summary of Funding Proposals for AGM

I fully support the concept of membership rather than game fee. I'm not 100% convinced by the merits of the tiered membership as it stands - why should playing in congresses be more expensive than playing in leagues? The £2 penalty seems to me to be a significant problem. Why not leave it at £1 fo...
by Matt Harrison
Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Registration with FIDE
Replies: 55
Views: 6579

Re: Registration with FIDE

Well FIDE have to cover their legal bills somehow. I note from their 2010 accounts that they spent 900,000 euros out of total turnover of 2.4 million (38% of income) on legal bills last year, presumably mostly relating to the presidential election.
by Matt Harrison
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Funding a Grand Prix
Replies: 44
Views: 3747

Re: Funding a Grand Prix

It happens in other leisure activities without apparent problems. In athletics and triathlon there are competing websites offering similar functionality: http://www.entrycentral.com/ http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/defaultevents.asp?sp=&v=2 http://www.tri247.com/events.html http://www.sportssystems.co...
by Matt Harrison
Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: New ECF grades for 2010-11 season
Replies: 9
Views: 2469

Re: New ECF grades for 2010-11 season

I'd like to point out that my son (who appears in that list) attended a state primary school, his local comprehensive and now a state sixth form. I'm sure there are a few others there as well (but possibly not many).
by Matt Harrison
Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership - a (summary) reply to the Proposal
Replies: 163
Views: 8202

Re: ECF Membership - a (summary) reply to the Proposal

I think the bronze/silver/gold tiering has some merits, but I don't see the benefit in tieing it to types of tournaments played. It seems to me that the goals should be: 1. To encourage mass membership 2. To provide an entry route for new/casual players (pay to play) 3. To provide a route to a bette...
by Matt Harrison
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Membership - a (summary) reply to the Proposal
Replies: 163
Views: 8202

Re: ECF Membership - a (summary) reply to the Proposal

I would urge you to continue to post on this David. Your opening post was excellent in analysing the right factors to determine tiers of membership. My view on lots of these issues is that the ECF tries to do too much. Why produce a yearbook? Why produce Chessmoves? Both of these are made redundant ...
by Matt Harrison
Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Winners and Losers under 'Membership Only'
Replies: 543
Views: 23417

Re: Winners and Losers under 'Membership Only'

Seems quite straightforward to have a flat rate annual membership and a competition membership. Then any congress or league would have to charge competition membership to those people who wanted to play but didn't want to pay annual membership. This is the approach used in many sports (eg. athletics...