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Legal Guidelines for Fundraising


Fundraisers are legally responsible for their own events. Before planning an event, check out the guidance below and make sure you have everything in place to stay within the law.

SOFT UK is a member of the NCVO, and their excellent website outlines some of the points you may need to consider. Click here for the NCVO Fundraising Legal Checklist.


The SOFT  UK public liability insurance does not cover events organised by volunteers. An event may, however, be covered by the insurance of the venue you are holding it in – so check this. 

Health and Safety

Even a small fundraising event needs to be checked for unnecessary risks. Have a careful look round and make sure that any obvious hazards are removed.  

Raffles and Lotteries

There are three types of raffle or lottery that charities are likely to be involved with. The information on the NCVO website relates to England and is guidance only - it does not take the place of legal advice! Click here for NCVO advice on raffles and lotteries

Charity Collections

SOFT UK would like to thank Charnwood Catalogues www.charnwood-catalogue.co.uk for permission to print the information below which is the copyright of Charnwood Trading Limited.  Whilst we hope you find the information below on Charity collections in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland interesting and informative, the contents are for general information purposes only and do not constitute advice. We believe the contents to be true and accurate as at the date of writing but can give no assurances or warranty regarding the accuracy, currency or applicability of any of the contents in relation to specific situations and particular circumstances.You should therefore always seek the advice of an appropriately qualified person where necessary. SOFT UK and Charnwood Trading Limited assume no responsibility for information contained in this Charity Collection information and disclaim all liability in respect of such information.

Read on for articles of rules on charity collections in your locality.

Charity Collections in England and Wales

Charity Collections in England and Wales        

Charity Collections in Scotland

 Charity Collections in Scotland

Charity Collections in Northern Ireland

Charity Collections in Northern Ireland