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The law around funding and income

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Legal obligations of organisations who accept funding.

If you're a fundraiser or an organisation accepting funding, you must comply with relevant laws.

It's essential to be seen to be managing incoming and outgoing money legally and transparently.

This includes meeting your legal obligations with regard to:

  • fundraising activities including rules on public events, collections, lotteries, data protection (when using a database of supporters for fundraising), insurance and risk assessment. Visit the Fundraising Regulator for what law and standards you should be complying with and the Institute of Fundraising, the membership body for professional fundraisers, for good practice and other support.  
  • accepting legacies
  • any requirements imposed by funders
  • work undertaken under a contract or service level agreement
  • requirements made by relevant regulatory bodies that apply to the type of work you undertake e.g. Care Quality Commission, Ofsted.

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