St. Michael’s House commitment to standards in Fundraising Practice
St. Michael’s House is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Governance Code for the Voluntary and Charity Sector and the Fundraising Guiding Principles and the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for its accounts.
The purpose of the statement is to:
- Improve fundraising practice;
- Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organisations fundraising from the public;
- Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organisations they support.
The St. Michael’s House report on our fundraising activities is available in our most recent Annual Report.
St. Michael's House is deeply committed to its donors and remains dedicated to treating our friends and supporters with the highest level of care and respect.
Our Donor Charter reaffirms our commitment to the standards outlined in the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, drawn up in the context of the Charities Bill 2007 now the Charities Act 2009.
It also provides an assurance to donors and potential donors in relation to the integrity and accountability of St. Michael's House.
As a minimum, St. Michael's House Donor Charter sets out the following:
- We commit to giving our donors the right: To be informed of the way in which we intend to use cash donations and gifts-in-kind
- To receive confirmation form St. Michael's House that it is fully committed to using donations effectively for their intended purposes
- To be kept informed of the impact of their support and of St. Michael's House evolving needs and priorities
- To have access St. Michael's House most recent published financial accounts.
- To be informed as to whether those people seeking donations are volunteers or employees of St. Michael's House
- To be assured that their right to privacy will be respected, including the right to have their personal details deleted from St. Michael's House mailing lists and that their personal information will be handled in full compliance with the Data Protection Act 1988 and 2003
- To receive appropriate acknowledgement, recognition and publicity for each donation if/as requiredWe commit to ensuring that all donations:
- Will be used for the purpose for which they were originally intended. The priorities of St. Michael's House will change from time to time and, should this happen, alternative uses for 'restricted' donations will be discussed with the donor or the donor's representative
- Will be used for the purposes which St. Michael's House deem to present the best opportunity to advance its priorities where those donations are 'un-designated' i.e. not given a specific and pre-determined purpose
- Will be acknowledged promptly
- Will be maximised where possible, and where permission has been granted from a PAYE tax payer, through the reclamation of tax relief.