Created by Thomas Weller, Modified on Wed, 24 May 2023 at 01:51 PM by Thomas Weller

Whether you're fundraising for new society equipment, paying for your entries to a competition, or donating money to charity there are a few things to consider. Within this article, you can get some ideas for fundraising, get to know some rules about what is and isn't allowed when fundraising, and what it means for your group. 

Rules around fundraising

Swansea University Students' Union, and therefore your student group, is a charity. It is against the law for charities to donate money directly to other charities straight from your student group account as per charity commission rules. However, this doesn't stop you from raising money for a charity through events and activities. 

Before you begin fundraising, you must ensure that the charity you wish to fundraise for has a registered UK Charity Number and is listed on the Charity Commission website. Please note, the Union does not allow fundraising for non-UK registered charities.  

If fundraising for a charity, at least 75% of the proceeds should be given to the charity. This amount should be clear and visible wherever you choose to fundraise. 

I need help coming up with a fundraising idea

The common go-to answer for fundraising is a bakesale - but sadly there are so many days in a year, and we can't all survive on cake alone. We encourage you to come up with unique ideas for fundraising. Below are some examples of fundraising ideas. 

  • Sponsored swim
  • Twmpath / Dance
  • Bingo night
  • Quiz
  • A 24-hour event
  • Eating contest
  • Underpants run
  • The Great Swansea Bakeoff
  • Sandcastle competition
  • Poke night
  • A world record attempt

If you have a unique idea that needs additional support, why get in touch with our Engagement team by submitting a ticket to discuss what's possible? 

Charity Buckets and Collection Tins

Most charities should be able to provide you with buckets and collection tins if asked. If your charity does not, the Students' Union has a few buckets and tins available for loan. You should ask for these in advance of the event or activity (at least one week). When collecting money, ensure you have the charity name/sticker clearly written on any buckets or tins - this should include their registered charity number. 

There are also further limitations on what you can do when fundraising on the streets:

  • Each collector must be 25m apart
  • Collectors cannot walk up and down the street
  • You cannot have animals with you
  • You may not shake or rattle the tins

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