Community Fundraising

Community fundraising is a way of mobilising support from your community by raising income and awareness about who you are and what you do.

Often the public face of a charity, it can mobilise large numbers of supporters, increase awareness of and engagement of your cause and it is possible to raise significant amounts of money through events organised by your “community” such as bag packs, street collections, fetes and fairs, or social activities including quiz nights or concerts.

However, it is also possible to lose money if an event is badly organised or not publicised well. Look at our event planning guide to help get you started and, if you would like more information on fundraising with you community, you can book a free support session to discuss further.

Public Fundraising through Covid

Covid Update 16th February 2022: Safe and responsible fundraising during Covid 

While formal and legal restrictions (such as social distancing and limits on gatherings) have mostly been lifted in each UK nation, there remains a need for fundraising organisations to continue to be mindful of the risks associated with COVID-19 and fundraising activity. This updated guidance produced by the Fundraising Regulator and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, will support charities and their fundraising partners, to fundraise safely and responsibly in ways which protect the public, fundraisers, and volunteers.

Key areas covered:

  • Keeping  up to date on the latest UK government guidance including from the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Making sure thorough risk assessments have been carried out.
  • Charities should consider the public mood and feelings and preferences of supporters.

Read the full guidance on the Fundraising Regulators website