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Fundraising FAQs

 

Looking for more information? Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions.


Questions

Is the World Parrot Trust a registered charity?
I'd like to post a link on my website to the World Parrot Trust? Do I need permission?
I would like to raise money, but I do not know what to do.
I have a great idea for fundraising, when do I need to contact you?
I would like to try a sponsored activity. Where can I obtain a sponsorship form?
Do you provide speakers for clubs?
I want to help but I do not get out much and do not have much time. What can I do?
How will people know that I am authorized to fundraise?
How do I ensure I'm acting legally?
What do I do with the money I raise?

 

Answers


Is the World Parrot Trust a registered charity?

The WPT is a registered charity in the United Kingdom (800944), United States (EIN 62-1561595) and Canada (BN: 89004 1171 RR0001).


I'd like to post a link on my website to the World Parrot Trust? Do I need permission?

We love it when you link to us and help spread the word about our work for saving parrots. You don't need permission, and you are more than welcome to link to our main site or any of the subpages you find there.


I would like to raise money, but I do not know what to do.

Our fundraising section has some ideas to help out. Before you begin fundraising on our behalf, please contact us by submitting the WPT Fundraising Proposal and Agreement and we will contact you with more information. Perhaps your friends and family can help you; it is always more fun to fundraise with a team of supporters. Think about your circle of friends, work colleagues, clubs, associations that you are connected with, and what kind of fundraising events would interest them.


I have a great idea for fundraising, when do I need to contact you?

Please contact us right away, even if you are still in the early stages. Submit the WPT Fundraising Proposal and Agreement and a representative from Trust will contact you.


I would like to try a sponsored activity. Where can I obtain a sponsorship form?

Start by submitting the WPT Fundraising Proposal and Agreement and one of our representatives will get in touch. They will send you the information along with any additional requested materials.


Do you provide speakers for clubs?

We do attend many clubs, meetings and regional conferences and are happy to talk about the World Parrot Trust. Please contact us and let us know whether you will be fundraising or raising awareness.


I want to help but I do not get out much and do not have much time. What can I do?

Why not make a World Parrot Trust collecting tin to store your loose change? Every little bit helps!


How will people know that I am authorized to fundraise?

If you need something official, contact your nearest WPT branch with a little background about your fundraiser, and we will issue you an Authority to Fundraise in the form of a letter.


How do I ensure I'm acting legally?

You will need to check the local laws and regulations for your area as they relate to fundraising activities. Some considerations to keep in mind:

  • Please do not collect money door-to-door.
  • Many fundraising activities that involve collecting money or selling goods in a public place require that you seek permission and a license from your local authority.
  • If your event takes place on private property, you must obtain permission from the owner or manager.
  • Small raffles and/or gaming venues are fine as long as they don't contain cash prizes and are part of a larger event. Other raffles may be unlawful, so you must check with us before holding these.
  • If you are supplying food and drink, you are responsible for seeing that it is deemed fit and safe, even if the participants aren't paying for it.

What do I do with the money I raise?

Please send checks made payable to World Parrot Trust and submit to your local chapter. Please include details of how the money was raised and gift aid or sponsorship forms and we will send an acknowledgment of receipt.

Do you have a successful fundraising story to share? Let us know! Remember to take photos and send them to us with a description about what you have done. You could end up appearing in PsittaNews pages of our membership magazine PsittaScene, or enewsletter Flock Talk or on our website. Either send the information by email to uk@parrots.org or send by post with your donation.