Funding a charity is not an easy task, and can sometimes be a daunting for trustees.
One great idea for fundraising is asking for money directly from the public. While this can be a great way to raise your profile as well as your funds, there are some issues you need to be aware of.
Generally, local councils are supportive of charities raising funds in local communities. There are many different forms of charitable collections, and all have different rules associated with them. You can find some general guidance at http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/guidance/about-fundraising/charitable-collections/
Some of the most common ways for charities to collect money are:
- Street collections – To collect money in the street, you need apply for a licence from your local authority. For more information, I suggest looking at your local council’s website for local arrangements.
- Private collections – If your collection is still open to the public, but being held on private property such as within a shopping centre or rail station, you must obtain permission from the landowner or manager.
- Static collection boxes – Boxes must be secure and tamper proof. You do not need a licence to place these in a shop or business, just permission from the business owner. One way to raise money is to approach pus and clubs for permission to install charity collection boxes at their bars.
- House-to-house collections – Licences must be obtained from your local authority.