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Events & Fundraising


Got a question about how to fundraise for us or how to pay in your fundraising? Have a look through these frequently asked questions.

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our fundraising ideas.

And for anything that isn’t covered here, get in touch with us at fundraising@savethechildren.org.uk or 020 7012 6400.

We’re delighted that you want to want to fundraise for us! From marathons to cake competitions to silly sports days, we have lots of fundraising ideas for you.

Once you’ve got a fundraising idea, register your event to access our resources and make your event a big success.

Our friendly Fundraising team are also on hand to answer any questions you may have, please email fundraising@savethechildren.org.uk or call 020 7012 6400.

Yes! You can sign up to one of our upcoming events. If you have a specific question about a run, walk or another event, feel free to get in touch. Or, read our challenge and race-specific FAQs here.

Where we have a live public appeal, it is possible to restrict your fundraising but you’ll need to let us know this is what you would like to do and communicate this clearly with your donors when you are fundraising.

Firstly, check which appeals you can fundraise for. You can find out about which emergency appeals you can restrict your donations to on our website here. You can also fundraise for our UK work specifically.

Secondly, let us know what appeal you’d like to fundraise for through any of the channels below:

  • Fundraising through JustGiving: If you are fundraising on JustGiving, you will need to select the appeal when you set up your page. If you cannot see this option, please get in touch with us. We are not alerted to restrict donations if you simply write this on your fundraising page. If you send in any offline donations you will need to notify us separately that you’d like these donations restricted.
  • Other online fundraising platforms: If you are fundraising through another online fundraising platform, please get in touch as soon as you have set up your page to let us know, so that we can apply the restriction to donations from your fundraising page. If you send in any offline donations you will need to notify us separately that you’d like these donations restricted.
  • Donating through a Save the Children online form: If you are donating online through a Save the Children form, you will need to find the specific appeal form on our website and select ‘I am paying in money from a fundraising event’ when prompted.
  • By post or phone: If you are sending donations through the post by cheque or calling to make a card payment, please make it clear in written communications or over the phone that you have fundraised for a specific appeal. Please use a paying in form when sending cheques through the post.

You can contact us by emailing fundraising@savethechildren.org.uk or calling 020 7012 6400.

Gift Aid is an arrangement that allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, which means your donations will be worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you.

Whether you pay online, by phone or post please make sure that you send all your filled-out sponsorship forms to Save the Children. You can find a sponsorship form in your Save the Children fundraising pack. 

If we don't receive your forms, Save the Children won't be able to claim Gift Aid.

Under UK law, certain donations are not eligible for Gift Aid. If your donation falls into any of the following categories, Gift Aid shouldn’t be claimed:

  • Donations made by anyone who is not a UK taxpayer.*
  • Donations made on behalf of someone else or a group of people – For example, you collect money from your friends and family and then made a bulk donation.  Even if they are UK taxpayers, the donation is not eligible. HMRC needs a Gift Aid declaration from each of the donors contributing to the collection.
  • Donations made in return for something. For example, you are making a donation in return for a ticket to attend an event, most purchases of goods at an auction, a cake sale donation, or buying a raffle ticket.
  • Donations made on behalf of a company (however, the company can claim tax relief on the donation when donating directly to the charity). 

*NOTE if you are either not a UK taxpayer, or if you pay less income tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount claimed on all your donations, HMRC may require you to pay the difference, minimising risk. 

If you’d like to use our logo as part of your fundraising for publicity or in any other way, please contact our Fundraising Team on 020 7012 6400 or fundraising@savethechildren.org.uk who will be able to help you.

Once you register your event you’ll be given the option to order resources such as collection tins and posters to support your fundraising.

We don’t charge for our resources because we want to help make your fundraising as successful as possible. But please do remember we’re a charity, so please only select the resources that you need - for example, the cost of 3 T-shirts could buy blankets for 5 children!

We aren’t able to promote events before they’ve happened – but we do use our social media platforms to celebrate fundraising successes.

Spreading the word about your fundraising is much more successful when it comes from you, so we’ve created a handy guide to using social media to help you.

Got another question about Save the Children on a different topic? Visit our FAQs hub to see our most commonly asked questions across a range of topics.

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