Fundraising Guidelines

Erskine has been a member of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) since 2006.  This means you can ‘give with confidence’, knowing that Erskine is committed to the highest standards of fundraising practice.  We adhere to the Institute of Fundraising’s Codes of Fundraising Practice and to the FRSB Fundraising Promise.

Our Promise

  • We are committed to high standards
  • We are honest and open
  • We are clear
  • We are respectful
  • We are fair and reasonable
  • We are accountable

More information is available on the FRSB website (http://www.frsb.org.uk) and the Institute of Fundraising website (http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/)

If you are unhappy about any aspect of our fundraising see our complaints procedure.

Keeping it legit (or Keeping it Legal)

Whilst we really appreciate everything that you do for us, you need to ensure we provide you with best practice guidelines and advice on any legal issues, which might make an impact on your fundraising.

Please don’t be put off by these guidelines, there are always way our fundraising team can help with each and every single bump in the road you may have.  If you would like to have a chat about this drop us an email at fundraising@erskine.org.uk or pick up the phone and call us on 0141 814 4555.  In the meantime, we’ve prepare guidance for some of the most common issues.

Lotteries

You can run a lottery for Erskine, such as a raffle, at a fundraising event provided that you comply with the following legal requirements:

  • The event must be a non-commercial event, i.e. none of the money raised by the organisers may be kept for private gain;
  • No more than £500 may be deducted from the proceeds of the lottery for purchasing prizes;
  • No more than £100 can be deducted from the proceeds of the lottery to cover the running costs (eg the cost of printing tickets);
  • The raffle has to be drawn at the fundraising event;
  • Tickets must not be sold in advance and must only be sold at the event;
  • Prizes must not be rolled over from one lottery to another.

You can hold a raffle in advance of your fundraising event but you must have printed, numbered tickets with the following information:

For more information, please take a look at the Gambling Commission website – http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk or contact us directly by email on fundraising@erskine.org.uk or by phone on 0141 814 4555.

Street collections

In order to hold a street collection in a public place you must obtain a permit from your local council. Some councils can take a few months to grant requests, so applications will need to be submitted well in advance.  Please speak to your Community Fundraiser at Erskine for more information about how we can help you if you require a permit.

Erskine Branding Guidelines

Logo requests should be made via your local Community Fundraiser.  The Erskine logo can only be used for promotional purposes on fliers and poster etc and cannot be used on anything being sold or generating commercial gain.  In order to keep our branding consistent, Erskine need to sign off any materials you produce with the logo on so please do let us know as and when, and give us as much time as possible to approve its use and the wording.

By Law, Erskine’s charity registration number must appear on all posters and advertisements that invite people to participate or help.

Alcohol

A licence is needed if you have alcohol at your event.  It might make it easier for you if you hold your event on licensed premises or by asking a local pub to organise a bar at your event.

Food

Food safety laws apply when food is available at an event whether it is for sale or not.  You need to be aware of these and follow food hygiene procedures.  For more information please contact your local authority environmental health department.