Frequently Asked Fundraising Questions
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ICO fines - what are the legal implications for charities and fundraisers?
- Are data sharing, wealth-screening and data-matching always unlawful?
- Do we need consent to share data, wealth screen or data-match?
- Will this change under GDPR?
- What does this mean for existing/ historic data?
- Will there be any further guidance issued?
- Do I have to be registered with anyone (for example the IoF, Charity Commission) to be able to fundraise?
Telephone Fundraising and the TPS
- What is the Telephone Preference Service? (TPS)
- Can charities call numbers that are on the TPS register?
- What counts as ‘consent’?
- Does consent need to be explicit (opt-in) or can it be implied (opt-out)?
- Does it matter whether the consent has been given before/after the TPS registration?
- Are all types of calls covered by the TPS?
- What are ‘administrative’ calls?
Picking a cause
- Is it possible to raise funds for an individual or cause that isn’t a registered charity?
- Am I able to fundraise for non-UK charities?
- How can I make sure that a charity is genuine?
How is fundraising regulated?
- How is fundraising regulated?
- Are there rules which fundraisers should follow?
- How are complaints about fundraising dealt with?
- How many complaints are there about fundraising?
- What is the Charity Commission’s role in regulating fundraising?
- Are there different rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
- Do charities have to report on the amounts they raise and spend?
Questions on fundraising activities
- Do I need a licence to collect money on the street or to go from door to door?
- Is there a minimum age limit for people to be involved in fundraising and collecting money?
- What information do I need to have on fundraising materials (address, charity number, etc.)
- We want to run a raffle or a lottery – do we need a licence?
- What do I need to know if we’re planning an outdoor event?
- Can we work with professional fundraising agencies in our fundraising, and what are the rules?
- What are solicitation statements?
- We’re thinking about working with a business to develop – do you have information on agreements/contracts?
- What is a commercial participator?
- How do online platforms work and are they safe to use?
- What are the rules for putting on an auction?
- How long can I hold donors information for?
- Do we need to include an opt-out or opt-in in our communications with donors?
- What rules for Data Protection do we need to follow?
Tax effective giving
- What is Gift Aid?
- What donations can I claim Gift Aid on?
- How do I claim Gift Aid?
- What’s the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and how does it work?
- How does Payroll Giving work?
- How do I sign up for Payroll Giving?
- What are the tax reliefs for leaving legacy gifts in wills?
- VAT: Top tips for fundraising events
- Is it ok for volunteers to fundraise?
- How much are fundraisers paid?
- Do you recommend targets or minimum amounts that fundraisers should raise?
- Can fundraisers be paid on a commission-only basis?