KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN FUNDRAISING
- Where – supermarket / church gate / street collection / door to door / counter top
- When - when the collection is taking place
- Permit requirements – this will depend upon the type pf collection and the location
- Third party approval – for example church gate / supermarket etc
- Collectors – need to consider age, apparel and manner
Different rules apply to different locations in the UK. These are broken into England & Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
There are legal requirements set out in the law, primarily dictated by:
- House to House Collections Act 1939
- House to House Collections Regulations 1947 (“the Regulations”)
- House to House Charitable Collections Act (Northern Ireland) 1952
- House to House Charitable Collections Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1952 & 1953
- Model street collection regulations contained in the Charitable Collections (Transitional Provisions) Order 1974
- Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916
- Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982
- Public Charitable Collections (Scotland) Regulations 1984
Also, where there is a voluntary Code of Conduct. It would be advisable to adhere to these practises.
The Fundraising Regulator
The Fundraising Regulator is a non-statutory body that regulates fundraising across the charitable sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The site lists legal mandatories and Code of Conduct practises
Website - www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk
Public Collections - http://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/code/public-collections
Fundraising legally and responsibly - How to raise funds effectively and legally, protecting the public’s trust and confidence in your charity’s work.
Charities Act 2016: new fundraising rules - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/charities-act-2016-new-fundraising-rules
Institute of Fundraising
The Institute of Fundraising is the professional membership body for UK fundraising.
Website - www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk
Fundraising Essentials - https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/guidance/fundraising-essentials/
ICO – Information Commission Office
The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
News, view, tips and blogs for fundraising
Website - https://fundraising.co.uk