The Students’ Union is a registered charity and therefore adheres to charity law. As activity groups such as sports clubs and societies are part of the Students’ Union, the charity law also governs what you can and cannot do. One element of this law restricts the Students’ Union (and its activity groups) from directly raising money for other charities. However, the only group this does not apply to is RAG, (Raising and Giving) who are the official fund raising arm of the Union.
Therefore, if you and/or your activity group is a member of the Students’ Union, in order to raise money for charity it will have to be passed through RAG.
Things you will need to consider…
- Why are you looking to raise money for charity?
- What activity are you planning to do?
- Which charity are you planning to raise money for?
- When and where is this going to take place (on or off campus)?
- Who is going to be involved?
- How are you going to promote what you are going to do?
Depending on what you are doing to fundraise, gaining sponsors is a quick and easy way of collecting money for your activity group and chosen charity. A sponsor can either be a friend, family member, colleague or a company who promise to give an agreed amount of money on the basis that you complete the event/activity that you have said you would.
Examples of events people have done where they collect sponsors are; long distance run/walk, fancy dress run/walk, skydive, supermarket bag-pack etc.
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of a sponsor form template, if you require one.
The next steps
Once you have considered and have answers for all of the questions above you will need to fill out the form (on the next page) and submit it to the RAG team for consideration.
You must not raise any money for any charities without following these guidelines otherwise you are breaking the law.