The Board of St Augustine’s Community Care Trust, known as Homelink is committed to ensuring that fundraising activities are carried out in an ethical manner.
Homelink is committed to its charitable aims, and fundraises in order to provide care and give carers a well-earned day’s respite each week, secure in the knowledge that the person they look after is receiving care of the very highest standard. We provide a happy and vibrant environment where people can enjoy each other’s company while they are cared for and supported. This leaves their carers free to have a break from what can be an exhausting and stressful daily routine.
This policy applies to the Board, casual, permanent and contract staff and volunteers.
This policy seeks to cover the ethical issues and social responsibility within fundraising. All Homelink staff involved in fundraising has a responsibility to be aware and have a thorough understanding of the ethical issues referred to in this policy.
Homelink respects the rights of its supporters to clear, truthful information on the work of Homelink; to openly report how we spend donated and statutory monies and to manage donors’ information responsibly.
As members of the Fundraising Regulator, we help to ensure that organisations raising money for charity from the public do so honestly and properly.
We will comply with the Fundraising Regulator and UK law in every respect, including those regarding openness and honesty with our supporters and members of the public.
We will respect the privacy and contact preferences of all donors. We will respond promptly to requests to cease contacts or complaints and act as best we can to address their causes.
All personal information collected by Homelink is confidential and is not for sale or to be given away or disclosed to any third party without consent.
Nobody directly or indirectly employed by or volunteering for Homelink shall accept commissions, bonuses or payments for fundraising activities on behalf of the organisation.
A Fundraising Sub-Committee will be formed to oversee the major fundraising tasks. The Fundraising Sub-Committee will report regularly to the Board, including tabling of meeting minutes at Board meetings.
All fundraising activities must have the prior approval of the Board, as recorded in Board meeting minutes.
A statement estimating income and expenses will be prepared prior to the commencement of any new fundraising activity that may present a financial risk to Homelink. Fundraising activities should not be undertaken if they will expose the organisation to significant financial risk.
We abide by the law which requires us, in deciding whether to accept or refuse a donation, to consider which action is in the charity’s best overall interest.
We will not undertake business with companies or individuals who participate in activities which could cause detriment to the charity’s reputation; which will disproportionately decrease the amount of donations to further the work of the charity.
The responsibility of the judgement on whether Homelink should refuse a donation lies first with the Board of Trustees.
Homelink will not endorse products, treatments or companies.
Use of donations
If supporters wish to make a donation to a specific area of Homelink’s work, they may make a restricted donation by providing written instructions to this effect with their donation. We will always respect this.