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Business Support Offers – what should we bear in mind?

Posted on 8 September 2009 at 3:44 pm
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  • Anonymous
    8 September 2009 at 3:44 pm #3369

    From time to time a company approaches us wanting to support us by putting a link to us on their website and making a statement along the lines that a % of their profit will go to Mary’s Meals.
    Apart from saying, ‘thank you very much’ how should we reply? Does anyone have any advice on what we should be aware of/wary of?
    Thanks
    Ruth
    MarysMeals

    8 September 2009 at 4:24 pm #11035

    You need to be aware of the need for a commercial participator contract with the company and the various tax and VAT issues for both parties for starters. Here’s the link to the Institute of Fundraising’s Charities Working with Business Code that I’m sure you’ll find very useful:

    http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/Resources/Institute%20of%20Fundraising/Codes/Charities%20working%20with%20Business%202006.pdf

    http://www.changingbusiness.com
    Change today for a better tomorrow

    Anonymous
    9 September 2009 at 11:39 am #11036

    Thank you! Will take a look.

    13 April 2010 at 7:14 am #11185

    For example, are they just ticking a CSR box at their end with no intention of ever passing any £££ over?

    Does a link to your charity make them look good locally?

    And if they are genuine, are you getting the money, and are you making good opportunity of it.

    If the sums are worth it then get a cheque handing over photo shoot for the local papers.

    On a non-financial basis do they have a workforce that could help you with volunteering or fundraising?

    Dig deep and find out what other opportunities may be there.

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