Fundraising rules

Fundraising is supposed to be fun (the clue is in the name), but you still have to make sure that your event or challenge follows the rules. If you don’t, your event might not end up being so fun after all.

Charity collections

There are a few things you need to be aware of when hosting a charity bucket collection.

First off, if you’re doing a public collection, such as in the street, you’ll need a licence from your local council. However, if your collection is on privately owned land or property, such as a shop, you won’t need a licence but will need to obtain permission from the business or land owner.

On the day, there are also a few rules you’ll need to follow:

  1. Don’t shake the buckets
  2. Don’t approach people and ask directly for money
  3. Make sure all buckets and collection tins are sealed and have lids
  4. Must not commence before 9am Monday-Saturday, or 10am Sunday and public holidays. It must also not continue after 7pm on any day; or as otherwise provided for in an IoF Compliance Directorate agreement.

Food hygiene

If you’re hosting a bake sale or a curry night, it’s important that you follow the Food Standards Agency’s guidelines when preparing and cooking your food. If you’ve hired caterers, just make sure they have the appropriate Food Hygiene Certificate.

You can find the guidelines at:

Letter of authority

Whether you’re organising a raffle, or you’d like to hold your event in your local pub, to make sure everything runs smoothly we can supply you with a letter of authority. This letter simply states that your fundraising is legitimate, and means that acquiring prizes and a venue will be much easier.

Fundraising with children

If you’re fundraising with children, you must make sure that any children under the age of 16 are supervised by an adult at all times.

Advertising your event

When advertising your event around the town or online, you must state exactly who you’re fundraising for. This means you need to use the Leukaemia Care logo and charity number on your poster.

If the funds are being split between more than one charity, you must make this clear when advertising your event by using both logos and charity numbers. If you only use the Leukaemia Care logo, all funds must come to us and cannot be split.

Public liability insurance

If you’re hosting a public event such as a dog walk, you may need public liability insurance. This is in case of any injury, loss or damage to property that happens at your event. Just get in touch with us to find out more about insuring your event.

Finally, the number one rule…

Have fun!

If you have any questions about fundraising rules and regulations, don’t hesitate to contact the Fundraising team on 01905 755 977, or