Fundraising Toolkit

Everything you need to know and a little bit more.

Fundraising Guidelines

Please read our guidelines and ensure your fundraising goes as smoothly as possible.

Registered Fundraising Volunteers – why not become a registered Fundraising Volunteer by completing a volunteer application form which can be obtained by emailing Julie: julie.smith@murrayhall.co.uk

Raffles/Lotteries – same day raffles on behalf of Murray Hall can be undertaken by registered Fundraising Volunteers. The ticket sales and announcing of results must be done on the same day.
Please note no tickets should be bought or sold by anyone under the age of 16.

There are strict and complex laws relating to raffles and lotteries which are not highlighted within this toolkit. Full guidelines on raffles and lotteries area available from your local authority or the Gaming board, these must be followed in full. For details visit www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk for more information.

Please consider the following as you plan your event.

  • Ensure that your event is organised efficiently and safely.
  • Conduct a risk assessment to ensure that you have proper plans for safety of participants. The health & safety executive has further information on how to do this on their website www.hse.gov.uk.
  • Ensure that your event is properly and adequately supervised.
  • Consider what insurance cover you need for your event. Murray Hall cannot accept any responsibility for your event nor for anyone who participates in it.
  • Check whether you need any special licences e.g: a public entertainment licence or a licence to sell alcohol. Your council will be able to help you with this.
  • Always have 2 people present to count any money raised.
  • Always be safe and if in doubt ask!

Public Collections – all street collections will need to be registered with the local authority and we will need to see a copy of this before issuing you with branded collection tins and buckets.

Please note anyone under the age of 16 (18 in London) are not permitted to collect money in public collections.

Fundraising materials and publicity – If you are creating your own publicity materials please state on all publicity materials (Name of your event) raising funds in aid of Murray Hall Community Trust. Please ensure that you adhere to copyright regulations.

Donations Make A Difference

Here’s how your fundraising helps:
£10 provides access to dedicated staff to provide telephone support to people in time of need.
£20 provides a Care Co-ordinator home visit for psychological support per week for someone at end of life.
£25 provides a parent with depression a few hours break and provides their child a few hours playtime.
£30 provides bedding for a child.
£40 provides stress relief therapies to 5 children experiencing heightened anxiety or stress.
£50 provides counselling for a child experiencing suicidal thoughts.
£60 provides a parenting course for a parent who is struggling with managing their child’s behavior.

Your donations really do make a difference and with out you there would be no us!

Top fundraising tips

  1. The first rule of fundraising is don’t be afraid to approach the “right people” for money, ie those who
    are sympathetic to your cause. You need to carefully consider how much to ask them for. Some will be
    able to donate money; some their time; others may leave a legacy or bequest.
  2. This means researching people before approaching them. Ask yourself: “Does this person or
    organisation have an interest in my charity?”
  3. Ask people who have already given, but think about when they last donated. Do not ask them for money a week afterwards.
  4. To encourage people to donate regularly, suggest that they set up a monthly direct debit.
  5. Ask people to give tax efficiently with a “gift aid” form. This form has been in use since 1989 but the minimum donation was recently reduced to £1.
  6. Ask other people to help you. Challenge members of your charity’s board of trustees to “give, get, or get off”.
  7. Communicate regularly with your supporters. You may use direct mail, but do not mass produce letters. Write to your supporters personally, and tell them how their money is being spent. This will encourage them to continue donating.
  8. Think about how you might address different audiences and seek donations from different sources, eg grant-making trusts, individuals, the national lottery, the UK government, Europe and fundraising events.
  9. Do not forget to learn your charity law. There are a number of requirements, responsibilities and duties you need to know about before you begin to raise funds. For information contact the Charity Commission which provides up to date guides.
  10. Finally, do not forget to thank donors. This is just as important as asking for money. It is polite, ethical and good business. It is also an effective way of making donors feel good about supporting your charity.
  11. Good luck and have fun!

    If you require assistance or more information please call 01902 826 513

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