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Community Fundraising and Events

An event may form part of a national campaign by a charity or a one-off event. Either way, it can be an opportunity to raise money, increase awareness, reach new audiences and involve local communities.

Events may be run by charities directly, or by volunteer fundraisers.
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For fundraisers

Those planning events need to ensure that all required licenses and permissions are in place. This includes licenses for trading, selling alcohol, or preparing and selling food as applicable.

Event venues should be accessible and fit-for-purpose. Organisers are responsible for health and safety and ensuring that insurance is in place.

Where events are run by volunteers, it's important to make sure that agreements are in place. These will differ depending on whether the volunteer is ‘in aid of’ or ‘on behalf of’. For more information on working with volunteers see our topic page  and the Code. If you are using a third party for your event, you should also be familiar with rules on working with third parties.

For challenge events, organisations and participants must be clear on responsibilities. Many challenge event participants raise money through online fundraising pages. If you intend to raise money this way, take a look at our online fundraising guidance. For more general information about challenge events, see the IoF’s guidance.

Whenever you carry out fundraising, you should make sure that you are familiar with the Key Principles and Behaviours and rules on the handling of donations in the Code of Fundraising Practice.

The NCVO and IoF have published guidance for fundraisers on running successful events. The Cabinet Office also have guidance on organising a voluntary event.

For the public

Fundraising events provide a way of giving while having fun, keeping fit or making a difference in your community. This can help you to engage more with a charity's work, and learn about their cause.

Event organisers should always have appropriate insurance, licences and permissions in place. This includes permission to use the venue, sell alcohol, and prepare food.

Many challenge events raise money through online fundraising pages. If you are donating in this way, take a look at our online fundraising guidance.

If you are thinking of running an event for a charity, you should contact the charity first to let them know. You can find advice on running a successful event on the NCVO and IoF websites.

If you suspect that an event being run in the name of a charity is not legitimate, check with the charity directly. Contact the police if the charity is unable to verify the legitimacy of the event.

Events resources

Guidance

Online fundraising - advice and guidance for the public

Guidance designed to highlight the key things you need to know about online fundraising platforms whether you are setting up an appeal of your own, or donating to an existing one.
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Guidance

Charity challenge events

10 tips for taking part in events run by challenge event companies
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Guidance

Safer giving advice

Advice for the public on safer giving and what to look out for.
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Volunteers

Volunteers help organisations to raise money in many ways. They host events, carry out street collections, engage with supporters and much more. Volunteers have a lot of contact with the public, so managing them well is key for many charities.
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Related investigations

Investigation report

Decision: The President's Club Charitable Trust

The Fundraising Regulator’s decision following an investigation into the Presidents Club Charitable Trust.
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Investigation summary

A complaint about event fundraising: Mr N

A charity was showing only the Gift Aid entry price to an event on their website, and not the Standard entry price. Mr N found this to be “misleading” because visitors would expect to pay the higher price.
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Investigation summary

A complaint about misleading fundraising: the R family

Mr and Mrs R’s son is a member of a local charitable sports club. The club asked Mr and Mrs R to raise £800 so they could send a team to a sporting event. But Mr and Mrs R thought this amount was more than they needed.
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