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Guidance Notes - Volunteer Charity Fundraising Groups

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These Guidance Notes - Volunteer Charity Fundraising Groups provide helpful guidance for a charity which does (or intends to) engage with volunteer groups carrying out fundraising for the benefit of the charity. The Guidance Notes - Volunteer Charity Fundraising Groups will also be helpful guidance for the volunteer groups.

The Notes outline the legal criteria for distinguishing:

(i) “volunteer groups” from groups which are not in law “volunteers”; and
(ii) “in aid of” groups and “on behalf of” groups.

It also considers whether to ensure, and how to ensure, that a group is acting “in aid of” the charity, as well as providing comments about Insurance, Tax, VAT, Intellectual Property, and Trusteeship of funds raised.

We recommend that, wherever practicable, a charity should agree rules with any "in aid of" group to govern the group's fundraising for the charity. For this purpose please see the accompanying Volunteer Fundraising Groups: Rules For Working With A Charity template which you can find here

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