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What does small charity insurance cover?

If your charity has an income of up to £250,000, get an online quote with Markel Direct that includes:

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Expert support

With a team of experts working with thousands of charities and not-for-profit groups, Markel Direct understand not-for-profit organisations and the unique risks they face.

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Competitive prices

They’ll always aim to provide competitive prices whilst never compromising on the quality of your cover.

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Specialist cover for small charities

Markel Direct offers one seamless policy, specifically designed for charities and not-for-profit organisations.

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Instant online quote

To get a quote we'll transfer you directly to Markel Direct Insurance. They’ll look after you during the quote and set-up process, and can be contacted on 0300 1345638.

What is small charity insurance?


Small charity insurance provides cover against the unique risks associated with charitable organisations and their activities. 

For example, charities often co-ordinate regular fundraising events or attend to vulnerable members of the public, both of which can impact the type of insurance you’ll need for your organisation.  

Not only that, but charities - regardless of size - have a duty of care to their staff, service users and volunteers to make sure they’re financially protected should things go wrong, as well as fulfil any legal obligations with respect to public and employers’ liability insurance. 

Who else can Endsleigh cover?

Community group insurance
Community groups

Specialist cover for a range of community groups and activities, including youth clubs, leisure trusts, community centres, village halls, residents’ associations, arts and crafts classes, play groups, parent and toddler groups, drama, dance and theatre groups, voluntary groups, community transport groups and more.  

Large charities and not-for-profits

We’ve used our 30 years’ experience to build bespoke products and insurance schemes that meet the ever-evolving needs of charities and not-for-profits - including cover for; buildings and contents, single vehicles and motor fleets, business interruption, trustees’ indemnity, employers’ and public liability insurance and more. 

Social enterprises

We want you to have time to focus on your social mission, so we’ve developed products designed to protect you as your organisation grows, with expert support and advice on hand from our specialist team of account managers. 

Small charity insurance: FAQs

As a specialist charity insurance broker, we understand that you’ve got a lot on your plate – which is why we aim to make finding the right cover an easy process. Find out more about small charity insurance by reading our FAQs. 

What does Markel Direct need to know for a quote?


The cost of your small charity insurance will depend on a number of factors, so Markel Direct will need to know a bit of information about your organisation and its activities before providing a quote, such as: 

  • What’s your charity’s annual turnover? 

  • What services does your charity provide? 

  • How many volunteers and employees does your charity have? 

  • Does your charity have any assets, such as property? 

  • Does your charity carry out regular risk assessments*, training programmes and inspections? 

  • Do your staff or volunteers have contact with vulnerable children or vulnerable adults?

*Remember, you’ll need to retain your risk assessments for evidence in the event of a claim. Visit the Health & Safety Executive website if you need guidance on how to complete effective risk assessments. 

If your organisation has an income under £250,000, get an instant online quote with Markel Direct here. 

If your needs are slightly more complex, simply request a quote with us and our specialist charity team will get in touch to discuss your requirements. 

What covers are available for small charities?


Small charity insurance with Markel Direct can include the following covers: 

  • Public liability insurance and employers' liability insurance 
  • Trustee indemnity insurance and professional indemnity insurance
  • Property damage insurance (with the option to include business interruption insurance)
  • Legal representation and employment disputes insurance
  • Money and personal assault cover
  • Cyber and data risks insurance
  • Occupational personal accident insurance
  • Fidelity insurance

Get an online small charity insurance quote with Markel Direct here.

Do small charities need public liability insurance?


Sadly, it’s not uncommon for people to injure themselves or cause damage to third party property. 

Therefore if you’ll be engaging with the public or running events as part of your small charity’s activities, it may be sensible to have public liability insurance in place to protect your organisation from potentially costly third party compensation claims. 

In the same way as a business, charities and not-for-profits also have a duty of care to staff, volunteers and clients to ensure all activities are conducted responsibly to mitigate unexpected accidents. If your organisation is in breach of this duty - and as a result injury or damage is caused - then any injured party could make a claim against your organisation for the damages. 

Find out more about public liability insurance for small charities here 

Do small charities need employers’ liability insurance?


Employers' liability insurance protects charities from financial losses if an employee injures themselves, damages their property or contracts an illness at work and files a compensation claim against the organisation. 

For example, an employee slips in a puddle of water and injures themselves while working because there were no wet floor signs, or develops repetitive strain injury (RSI) because they didn’t have the correct computer safety equipment. 

Regardless of whether you’re a small charity or large organisation, if you employ staff it’s a legal requirement to have employers’ liability insurance in place – and you could be fined £2,500 every day you are not properly insured. 

This applies to anyone where there is a contract of employment in place, whether it is spoken, written or implied, including: 

  • Full-time staff 

  • Temporary and part-time staff 

  • Work experience and apprentices 

  • In some instances, volunteers (sometimes volunteers are covered by your public liability insurance) 

Not only will employers’ liability insurance provide cover for compensation payments and your employee’s medical expenses, but it will also cover any related legal fees and costs. 

Visit the government website to find out more about your charity’s legal obligations. 

Is small charity insurance a legal requirement?


Trustees have a legal duty to act in a charity’s best interests, especially in relation to their assets, resources, service users, staff and volunteers. 

While small charity insurance itself is not technically a legal requirement, there may be elements of cover that your charity is legally obligated to have – such as employers’ liability insurance.  

Therefore it’s important to properly assess the risk associated with your charity to make sure you’re fulfilling both your duty of care, and your legal obligations.  

Get an online small charity insurance quote with Markel Direct here.



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