Before starting out check that your governing document allows
you to carry out fundraising activities. Much of the legislation
relates to asking for money from the general public, but there are
also some wider issues to be aware of:
When running a raffle, lottery or collecting money in public
places you must check to see if a licence is required from the
local authority. Some forms of raffles and collections are exempt,
but check with your local authority to make sure.
A comprehensive guide on fundraising and the law is available from
What about codes of best practice for
Like many professions fundraising has its own codes of best
practice. The Institute
of Fundraising has developed the Code
of Fundraising Practice and Code of Conduct for fundraisers.
The code represent the standards set for fundraisers in the
The Fundraising Standards Board
(FRSB) runs the only self-regulating scheme for fundraising
bodies in UK and is supported by the
Are there any other documents we may need?
It is becoming increasingly popular for funders to ask for
evidence of certain policies and procedures. The most common are
child protection, equal opportunities and environmental, but
these will vary depending upon the type of project you are
undertaking and what funders you are applying to.