We are a proud member of both Social Enterprise UK and the Fundraising Standards Board!
This means that we are not only listed as a business that profits society, we also support the very high standards of the Fundraising Standards Board…
Social Enterprise UK is the national body for businesses that profit society. Along with their members, they are the voice of social enterprise, building networks to enable shared knowledge and resources.
SEUK campaigns to create a business environment where social enterprises can thrive, influencing politicians across the spectrum to recognise the importance of pushing these beneficial businesses up the policy agenda.
Sports for Schools have joined the other 70,000 social enterprises in the UK that together contribute £18.5 billion to the UK economy and employ almost a million people. (Small Business Survey, 2013)
But, what is a social enterprise?
Social enterprises are businesses that…
- Have a clear social and/or environmental mission set out in their governing documents
- Generate the majority of their income through trade
- Reinvest the majority of their profits
- Are autonomous of state
- Are majority controlled in the interests of the social mission
- Are accountable and transparent
So, if you have ever munched on a Divine chocolate bar whilst reading the Big Issue and watching Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen on TV, you have already had a good taste of what social enterprises are all about – they are businesses that are changing the world for the better! And that is exactly what Sports for Schools is doing too.
Our Fundraising Promise
We are motivated to help kids lead a fit and healthy life. As part of that motivation we engage in fundraising activities, and aim to do so to the highest possible standards. We looked around to see if we could find some best practices that we could exceed, and as a result joined up as members of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) self-regulatory scheme.
The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) works to ensure that organisations raising money for charity from the public do so honestly and properly. As members of the scheme, we follow the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice and comply with the key principles embodied in the Code and in this Promise, which are:
We Are Committed to High Standards
- We do all we can to ensure that fundraisers, volunteers and fundraising contractors working with us to raise funds comply with the Code and with this Promise
- We comply with the law including those that apply to data protection, health and safety and the environment
We Are Honest and Open
- We tell the truth and do not exaggerate
- We do what we say we are going to do
- We answer all reasonable questions about our fundraising activities and costs. Please contact us, visit our website or see our Annual Report if you require further details
We Are Clear
- We are clear about who we are, what we do and how your gift is used
- Where we have a promotional agreement with a commercial company, we make clear how much of the purchase price we receive
- We give a clear explanation of how you can make a gift and amend a regular commitment
We Are Respectful
- We respect the rights, dignities and privacy of our supporters and beneficiaries
- We will not put undue pressure on you to make a gift and if you do not want to give or wish to cease giving, we will respect your decision
- If you tell us that you don’t want us to contact you in a particular way we will not do so
We Are Fair and Reasonable
- We take care not to use any images or words that cause unjustifiable distress or offence
- We take care not to cause unreasonable nuisance or disruption
We Are Accountable
- If you are unhappy with anything we’ve done whilst fundraising, you can contact us to make a complaint
- We have a complaints procedure, a copy of which can be found on our website, or by sending us an email or giving us a call. If we cannot resolve your complaint, we accept the authority of the FRSB to make a final adjudication
In summary: we commit to “do the right thing”. It may sound a bit cliché, but we’re fairly confident everybody knows the right thing, even if they have to dig a little bit.
We like to think that we provide the highest possible levels of service, but if you’re unhappy about something we’ve done or not done, and want to get formal about it, please read our Seriously Unhappy Policy.
“All the children were highly engaged. Great excitement, very spectacular. Many thanks!”
“wonderful - the funds raised will help us in the purchase of new gym equipment”
“Communication prior to the event was exceptional and the information received was thorough”
“we are a large junior school with 400 children and every single one loved the event and assembly”