Foundation for Endangered Languages
2. Development of the Foundation
FEL Achieves Charitable Status
On 27 July 1998 the President received a letter from the Charity Commission for England and Wales informing him that:
FOUNDATION FOR ENDANGERED LANGUAGES Registered No. 1070616
This new status should be a major asset to our fund-raising activities. And if these activities are successful, it should also benefit us when it comes to paying (less) tax: Andrew Phillips, in his “Charitable Status – a Practical Handbook” (Directory of Social Change, 1994), states that Britain is now probably the most generous tax régime in the world as regards charities.
The only possible disadvantage that it might entail is a limit on our ability in the UK to agitate politically for changes in the law. In current circumstances this does not appear to be a problem.
We should especially thank especially Andrew Woodfield, our Secretary, for securing this recognition. He has been diligently following up this necessary path to our future for almost three years now.
We are classified as follows:
Beneficiaries Class 3-10-104 International culture, heritage
FEL Conference - Edinburgh, 25-27 Sept. 1998: What Rôle for the Specialist?
This will take place at the Pollock Halls, Edinburgh University, as advertised in the previous issue of Ogmios. It is possible to register at the door, and there is still accommodation available for latecomers.
The Proceedings from the Conference are available for purchase by mail. See the relevant section of the order sheet at the back of Ogmios.
The programme is as follows:
Understanding the Language from the Outside
Understanding the Language from the Inside
OPEN FORUM: at least
Digitalization : to reverse language shift in Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Wales. Iseabail Macleod
The state of Scots and Gaelic
The New Role of Information Technology
Language Community, Scientific Community and Mutually Supported Community