To keep your organisation flourishing, it’s important to consider certain laws surrounding the fundraising that you do. Depending on the nature of your charity’s activities, laws can differ considerably.
Here are some measures you should take to ensure safe fundraising, so you can keep up the hard work without facing any hurdles.
Every not-for-profit organisation and charity must comply with certain laws when it comes to fundraising. Practising safe fundraising is easily achievable, simply by following the Charity Commission’s golden rules:
It’s important to be honest and open about your fundraising activity. The public will be less inclined to donate if they don’t trust you – always make it clear that their donations will be used honestly. This should include a plan for under or over-fundraising. What will your organisation do if the target amount isn’t reached? Will your organisation make up the difference? What about the extra money you raise over the target?
Avoid confusion and earn the respect and trust of the public.
If you’re planning on hosting an event to raise money, it’s important to conduct a thorough fundraising risk assessment beforehand.
Making a list of potential risks and ordering them by priority is a great way to start a fundraising risk assessment. Think about the environment in which your fundraising event will be taking place:
Depending on the location of your event, the fundraising risk assessment process could take a while. If your event is taking place near wildlife, or at a children’s school, or a nursing home, there will be different considerations. Taking the time to conduct a thorough fundraising risk assessment will be worth it in the long run.
Sounds simple, but you must be careful about how you actually receive money when fundraising. Fundraising for charity online is quick and instant, but cases that involve physically taking cash from someone need to be safe, too:
If your organisation is looking for ways to raise money for charity, it’s a good idea to consider the risks involved. Can a risk assessment be carried out in time? Do you have enough people available to ensure the safety of money collections and the public during the event?
As long as your organisation is fully aware of the laws involved with fundraising, and how to safely collect money and mitigate risks, your fundraising activity will continue to thrive.
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