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Charity Collections and Raffles

There are laws about Charity Collections and Raffles (a form of lottery). Please follow the following guidance and get in touch with a member of staff should the guidance be unclear or you want to do an activity outwith this guidance. The Fundraising Regulator has produced a Code of Fundraising Practice.

Charity Collections

Any person or organisation wishing to hold a public charitable collection must have permission to do so from the local authority in which they plan to hold it, unless:

  • the collection takes place at a public meeting

  • the collection takes place on land occupied by the organiser (ie GCU Campus and permission is obtained from the Students' Association)

  • the collection is by an unattended receptacle in a public place

The collection should not cause, or be likely to cause, danger, obstruction, inconvenience or annoyance to any person. The buckets or tins (available from the Students' Association) should be clearly labelled (including Students' Association Logo and Charity Number) with who the money raised is for and whether you are deducting any funds raised for costs.

Anyone who organises a public charitable collection without first obtaining permission to do so from the relevant local authority or authorities is liable to a fine if convicted.

Raffles (lottery)

The terms ‘raffles’ and ‘lotteries’ are interchangeably used, but cover the same activity.

Incidental, non-commercial lotteries

If you are an affiliated club, society or group and want to sell raffle tickets at an event but not before an event. You should make clear what the money raised is for and whether you are deducting any funds raised for costs or prizes.

Must

 

a) Rules:

  • the lottery MUST be incidental to a non-commercial event, where none of the sums raised is to be used for private or commercial gain; 

  • tickets MUST only be sold during the event, on the premises where the event is held;

  • the draw MUST take place during the event; 

  • the draw MUST not rollover; and

  • Deductions from the profits going to good causes MUST NOT exceed £100 in costs and £500 in prizes.

Private Lotteries

If you are an affiliated club, society or group and want to have a raffle where tickets can only be sold to GCU students and staff on the GCU campus.  You should make clear what the money raised is for and whether you are deducting any funds raised for costs or prizes. Download Example Ticket (coming soon).

Must

a) An organisation (except those established for gambling) can promote a private society lottery to raise funds for its purposes, but the lottery MUST only be promoted on the organisation’s premises and tickets MUST be sold only to the organisation’s members and those who are on its premises.

Must

b) The promoter MUST be a member of the organisation and act under its written authorisation, ie an affiliated Club, Society or Group.

Must

d) Tickets MUST:

  • give the name and address of each of the lottery’s promoters;

  • give the ticket price;

  • say who is allowed to buy tickets; 

  • all be sold at the same price with no offers such as 3 tickets for the price of two; and

  • be paid for before the buyer can be entered into the draw.

Therefore, Cloakroom tickets MUST NOT be used.

Rollerovers MUST NOT be used.

Rights attached to private society lottery tickets are non-transferable.

 

Last revised: 30th October 2014.

 
 

 

    


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