Fundraising and Covid: The Roadmap Out of Lockdown

As lockdown restrictions start to ease, your charity may be considering some in-person fundraising activities. If you are, here’s some useful info:point_down::point_down::point_down:👇

Fundraising and Covid: Key Dates

12th April 2021

On 12th April we entered Step 2 of the easing of lockdown in England, which meant that some forms of outdoor fundraising could return. This included:

  • Door-to-door, street and private site fundraising
  • Outdoor sports and other events, permitted within restrictions
  • Outdoor attractions, such as zoos or gardens

17th May 2021 (at the earliest)

As of 17th May, we have now entered Step 3 of the easing of lockdown in England. As a result, it is now  possible to do all of the above as well as:

  • Indoor events such as quiz nights or dinners
  • Remaining outdoor events, such as performances
  • Indoor attractions, such as museums and galleries

21st June 2021 (at the earliest)

The measures for Step 4 are subject to review, but it is anticipated that any remaining restrictions will be further eased.

NB – these key dates are published in good faith, but any fundraising activity should be carefully checked against government guidance to ensure that it is permitted to take place. The key dates above apply to England. You can find the guidance for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by following the appropriate link.

Fundraising and Covid: Organising In-Person Events

Whilst it is possible to organise the fundraising activities listed above, special considerations need to be made to ensure that the event can operate safely.

There is some really good guidance from the Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising, which gives advice on planning fundraising activities in the context of the current situation.

Included in this advice is the suggestion to review how donations are processed; “To adhere to social distancing guidance and good hygiene practices, you should review how you take payments and handle donations.”

Text Giving is a truly contactless donation metric, ensuring that your supporters have a safe method to donate. For examples of how Text Giving can be used as your charity transitions to in-person events read our blog ‘Text Giving in the New Normal’.

Looking for a Truly Contactless Donation Metric?

Read: Text Giving in the New Normal

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