Information for fundraisers about Coronavirus

Information for fundraisers about Coronavirus

3 June 2020

Information for fundraisers to help everyone in the fundraising community have the right information to guide any action you might need to take. This page will be updated on a regular basis.

As the situation and official guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops, we want to make sure that our members, and everyone in the fundraising community, have the right information to help guide any action you might need to take or plans to put in place. The most important thing is people’s health and well-being. We want to ensure that you are prepared and informed should the virus spread further so that you can keep your supporters, staff, and volunteers safe.

Where to go for information and guidance

What do I need to think about in relation to fundraising?

We appreciate that it is a difficult time for many of our members, who are having to think through contingency plans, keep up with latest guidance, and also work with partners and volunteers. You might be asked to revise business plans, work with finance teams on cashflow, and looking to see how you can best mitigate any future problems.

As much as possible, try to avoid rushed or hasty decisions and adopt a full-team approach – it’s good practice to document decision-making and make sure that Trustees are involved where appropriate. In all cases, it’s worth making sure you are familiar with the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice so that any decisions are in line with the regulatory standards.

If you would like further support or need to talk to us then please do get in touch by emailing policy@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk and we will do our best to help. There’s also a great community of fundraisers out there who are sharing ideas and suggestions for help on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Fundraising Chat on Facebook and we are sure that fundraisers will come together to help where they can!

Events & Community

Lots of charities will have fundraising events planned for the months ahead – you will need to make a case by case decision, taking into account all the relevant circumstances, as to whether to go ahead or cancel/postpone. Make sure you are up to date with the latest official advice on public gatherings and from the NHS and the Government. For more advice on how to manage events and communications with volunteers and participants take a look at this blog from THINK Consulting Solutions.

From 24 March 2020, the UK implemented a 'stay at home' policy, only going outside for food, health reasons or essential work. See the government's website for more information.

Of course, each charity will need to consider their own events in the future, it is sensible for each charity to review their plans, put in place contingencies, and provide appropriate information and communications to participants/volunteers/attendees. 

According to The Charity Commission, if you do need to cancel a fundraising event, it may need to be reported depending on the impact. For example, if it might result in significant loss of expected funds and/or insolvency issues for your charity, or if coronavirus results in insolvency issues for some other reason. 

International challenge events: For charities that are planning future overseas challenge events we advise all to refer to the guidance from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on travel.

Public fundraising: Following the government’s most recent advice on social distancing, the Fundraising Regulator advises charities to stop all person-to-person fundraising if they have not done so already. Read their advice on fundraising.

 

THINK consulting solutions guidance

 

If you’re planning on attending an IoF event, IoF training course or qualification

We have moved all face to face training and events to virtual delivery until further notice.

Fundraisers who have been, or are about to be placed on furlough can undertake and continue to engage with IoF training and qualifications studies.

Please contact info@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk with any queries. We will be in contact with anyone booked on to our events or training courses.

See our dedicated section on the coronavirus outbreak and its relation to fundraising here.

Last updated: 3 June 2020