Thank you for choosing to support The Joshua Tree. Here are some great tips to make your fundraising a success!
Time and Place
Think about the space you need, will it be indoors or outdoors? What facilities do you need? Toilets, Kitchens? Don't forget to mention it's for a charity and you may be able to secure the venue at a discounted rate. Choose a suitable date and time of day for your event, make sure there aren't any other major events happening on that day and don't forget to give yourself plenty of time, planning events takes longer than you think!
Make it Count
How much do you want to raise after costs? Have you set a target? Why not ask local organisations if they can help provide goods and services to help meet your fundraising target.
Gift Aid is a great way of increasing your donations it gives you an extra 25p for every £1 you donate and is an income tax relief designed to benefit charities. If you’re a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid increases the value of your charity donations by 25%, because the charity can reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift – at no extra cost to you.
The process is really simple... All you need to do is fill out a Gift Aid Declaration Form. This is a statement from you to the charity confirming that you want to donate through Gift Aid and receive tax back on your donation.
Some employers run a Matched Giving Scheme and will double the amount you have raised. This is a great tax-efficient scheme, so check with any organisations you are involved with.
Is my donation eligible for gift aid?
The charity can only claim Gift Aid on monetary donations from your own funds, and if you've paid UK Income and / or Capital Gains Tax during that year. The tax you pay in that tax year must be at least equal to value of Gift Aid the charity.
If you stop paying enough tax, it's important to tell us. If you don't let us know, and you pay less tax in the tax year than the amount of Gift Aid we are claiming, you will need to pay any difference back to HMRC.
Donations made with a company's money or other peoples' money, including amounts raised through fundraising (e.g. cake sale) are not eligible for Gift Aid and you must not request Gift Aid be claimed by the charity on such funds.
Tell your story and inspire those to get involved with your fundraiser. Share the details on social media; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn depending on your target audience. Contact the local media, they are always keen to promote good causes and feel good stories.
Licence and Liability
Check you have the correct licences and insurance for your fundraising activity. If you are dealing with the public you will require Public Liability Insurance. Check with the venue if they already have cover.
Some activities require a licence, check with your local council to ensure you have the correct one if required.
Food hygiene certification may also be required, check with the Food Standards Agency for more information.
Young People and Children
It is important to take particular care when involving children in fundraising, whether as fundraisers or as donors. There are some activities which children and young people cannot carry out. The age restriction depends on the activity and where it is carried out.
These activities include:
Street and house-to-house collections
Lotteries or raffles
Events involving alcohol
You must not give children under 16 overall responsibility for handling money or responsibility for counting collected money. If you need any guidance please contact The Joshua Tree who are there to help you.
To carry out any kind of money collection you will need permission and in some cases, a licence, check with your local authority if collecting on the street. Door-to-door collections are illegal without a licence, and on private property, you will need to seek the relevant permissions.
If you are raising money through bucket collections please visit the donations section of the website for further information.
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