Forum Home» Charities

Charities Board Welcome and The Rules

New Post Advanced Search
Important update! We have recently reviewed and updated our Forum Rules and FAQs. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest version.

Charities Board


We’re struggling at the moment with the huge volumes of messages we’re getting from Forumites about coronavirus and the impact it’s having on their finances. We’re a small team, with limited resources, but we’re doing our best to manage this spike in demand.

At this time, please note the Charities Board should only be used by registered charities and not include personal posts. I’m afraid we will have to delete any posts that aren’t from a registered charity. If you are facing personal financial difficulties at the moment, please use MSE’s coronavirus guides – they contain all the info we have and are constantly being updated:
Coronavirus Help & Your Rights * Coronavirus Travel Rights

Charities Board Welcome and The Rules

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Charities
40 replies 96.9K views
MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
8.3K posts
✭✭✭✭
edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Charities
Welcome to the MoneySavingExpert Charity Board


The aim of this is to do anything and everything to help charities, so that collectively others can benefit too.

Already by using this site charities are being helped as there's a substantial charities fund. Also do read the 'Charity Giving' and 'Feed The Starving At No Cost To You' articles.

I decided to start this board as a place where people looking for sponsorship or posting to help charities can do so. Previously these links were banned, but I understand the popularity. However I dont want this to be open to abuse.



To be on this board posts must obey the following rules:

1. Any links must benefit a UK registered charity. The details of the charity number and link to the website must be given.

2. Any sponsorship links must go via the legitimate online charity sponsorship sources such as Justgiving. Direct soliciting for money or sponsorship by any other method isn't permitted as it would be open to abuse.

3. Absolutely no links for personal gain may be posted..... even if the money will be split with a charity..... or even if you 'promise to give all the cash to charity'. There is no way to prove this so it will be deleted.

4. No soliciting for money for any individual will be permitted.

5. We will err on the side of caution, the last thing we want is someone scamming people here.


Now I don't want to sound draconian. This should work well, but it's to benefit genuine, legitimate, mainstream charities. Anything that deviates won't be permitted, it's simply too open to abuse.

I'm initially (April 2006) opening this board as a trial to see (fingers crossed) how it goes.

Martin

PS for posting about how to organise charities this isn't the board please see the Small Biz and Charity Organisers' Board.
Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
Please note, answers don't constitute financial advice, it is based on generalised journalistic research. Always ensure any decision is made with regards to your own individual circumstance.
Don't miss out on urgent MoneySaving, get my weekly e-mail at www.moneysavingexpert.com/tips.
Debt-Free Wannabee Official Nerd Club: (Honorary) Members number 000
«134

Replies

  • Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
    42.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    Tip-Top idea, Martin, and thanks. I'm always delighted at reading how generous many MSEs are. And even though I've never, AFAIK, met any of you, I always talk about "my MSE friends" when I'm boring DH with snippets of useful info gleaned from the boards.

    Just one query over the rules for this board:
    MSE_Martin wrote:
    1. Any links must benefit a UK registered charity. The details of the charity number and link to the website must be given.
    Not all registered charities have a website. The one I work for doesn't, for example, and it's a conscious decision rather than a failure to engage with the technology.

    Would you be prepared to settle for the charity number and the charity's postal address and telephone number or email address if there is no website? The registered charity number does enable you to 'check up on' the charity's legitimacy via the Charity Commission website.

    Apologies if I should have asked this question by PM rather than publicly - feel free to delete if you don't want a raging debate started!
    Still knitting!
    Completed: TWO adult cardigans, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees, 2 sets of handwarmers, 1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 3 balaclavas, multiple hats and poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: pink balaclava (for myself), seaman's hat, about to start another cardigan!
  • Martin

    We give away our fee to charity if we win less than £500 for people who use us to complain about their financial institution. This is all on our website with details how to donate the fee to ensure it reaches the charity chosen. How can I tell people about this or provide links without 'scamming'
  • MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
    8.3K posts
    ✭✭✭✭
    With regards not having a website, yes your solution is very acceptible, the aim of that rule is to make it easier to check the 'legitimacy' if there's no website the other basic details will be fine. :)

    Defender of the week. I'm sorry yours is a product that is not defined for charity but does it as a by product, thus this isn't the right board for it. Sorry. The right place is within the referrers board. :(


    martin
    Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
    Please note, answers don't constitute financial advice, it is based on generalised journalistic research. Always ensure any decision is made with regards to your own individual circumstance.
    Don't miss out on urgent MoneySaving, get my weekly e-mail at www.moneysavingexpert.com/tips.
    Debt-Free Wannabee Official Nerd Club: (Honorary) Members number 000
  • Thank you for your time in setting up this charity forum - I am well convinced that the use of the web has a great future for charities, especially the smaller lesser known ones. However, as you mention vigilence is needed to prevent scams and misuse. Since setting up my site last year we have received unwelcome Email from some very unscrupulous people.
    I will use the forum for my own charity project.
  • uberzoldatuberzoldat Forumite
    201 posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    ✭✭
    What an excellent addition to the forums. :)

    I have a question, what about somewhere like a privately run animal sanctuary, where any money received is guaranteed to go to the running of the place? Would that be something I could talk about here or would it be 'scamming'?

    Thanks ever so much for any response. :o
    Sometimes I feel like a pelican. Whichever way I turn, I've still got an enormous bill in front of me.
  • Important update! We have recently reviewed and updated our Forum Rules and FAQs. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest version.
  • soolinsoolin Forumite, Board Guide
    66.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Photogenic Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    uberzoldat wrote:
    What an excellent addition to the forums. :)

    I have a question, what about somewhere like a privately run animal sanctuary, where any money received is guaranteed to go to the running of the place? Would that be something I could talk about here or would it be 'scamming'?

    Thanks ever so much for any response. :o

    Obviously Martin has the final say, but if the animal sanctuary is not a registered charity then I don't think this is the right board for it. If it is a registered charity, then it doesn't matter how small it is it will be welcome.

    If you are not currently operating as a charity have you thought about looking at the rules to see if you can become one, as that will give you many advantages and access to many other possible sources of funding.

    Soo
    I'm the Board Guide for the Ebay Board , Charities Board , Dosh & Disability , Up Your Income and the Local MoneySaving-England board which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. However, do remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to [email protected] (it's not part of my role to deal with this). Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
    New to Forum? Guide
  • uberzoldatuberzoldat Forumite
    201 posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    ✭✭
    Thanks, I thought that would probably be the case.

    I have nothing to do with the running of the sanctuary, I just ahve a standing order to support it every month. Maybe I should mention to them about becoming a charity.

    I will have to do some research on it beforehand though. Thanks again.
    Sometimes I feel like a pelican. Whichever way I turn, I've still got an enormous bill in front of me.
  • MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
    8.3K posts
    ✭✭✭✭
    Hi

    I definitely wouldn't call it scamming, sounds like its a great thing. However it wouldn't be placed on the boards. The problem is (and i hasten to add i am by no means saying its this case) if a charity isn't registered and doesn't check out and the link the correct one, then someone could try to be conning people. There simply aren't the resources to legit check every link so the rules have been simplified.

    Definitely worth talking to the animal sanctury people about becoming a charity, it isn't too difficult :)

    martin
    Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
    Please note, answers don't constitute financial advice, it is based on generalised journalistic research. Always ensure any decision is made with regards to your own individual circumstance.
    Don't miss out on urgent MoneySaving, get my weekly e-mail at www.moneysavingexpert.com/tips.
    Debt-Free Wannabee Official Nerd Club: (Honorary) Members number 000
  • Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
    42.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    I do agree with Martin on this one (would I dare disagree? :rotfl:) - while there are many excellent Not for Profit (NFP) organisations out there it is far harder to check their credentials than it is with ANY registered charity, however small it is. As I said, we don't have a website, but our accounts are available online via the Charity Commission website.

    And while being a registered charity does not completely rule out the possibility of abuse, the necessity for having

    a) a constitution or governing document which sets out the charity's aims, and

    b) a group of trustees who must always act in accordance with those aims and the best interests of the charity

    does make it harder to go 'off the rails'. As long as the trustees do their job, that is!

    There may be reasons why a group decides NOT to go down the registered charity route, and I believe the Charities Commission does encourage you to check whether there's an existing charity whose aims meet your own, BUT there are many advantages, not least the ability to ask for donations to be Gift Aided!
    Still knitting!
    Completed: TWO adult cardigans, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees, 2 sets of handwarmers, 1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 3 balaclavas, multiple hats and poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: pink balaclava (for myself), seaman's hat, about to start another cardigan!
  • Hi
    I'm running the Cancer Research UK 5k Race for Life in Stormont Estate, Belfast on 4th June. Can I post the link here if anyone would like to sponsor me? The link goes directly to the webpage that Cancer Research gave me and any money donated goes directly to Cancer Research through their online secure sponsorship. Nothing comes through me at all. I just want to check it's ok to post the link.
    Ta
    DFW Nerd no: 149 ;)

Sign In or Register to comment.

Quick links

Essential Money | Who & Where are you? | Work & Benefits | Household and travel | Shopping & Freebies | About MSE | The MoneySavers Arms | Covid-19 & Coronavirus Support