Big-name charities offer guidelines on schools fundraising

Advice for charities from Christian Aid, DEA, Oxfam and the British Red Cross

A set of educational guidelines for fundraising in schools has been produced by high-profile charities, including Oxfam, the British Red Cross, Christian Aid and the DEA educational charity.

The DEA said it was producing the guidelines, aimed at charities, because the educational potential of fundraising activities was not always realised. It pointed to Directory of Social Change figures that show UK state schools raise about £35m for charity every year.

Kate Brown, schools programme manager at the DEA, said: "Fundraising activities have such potential to contribute to developing young people's understanding and skills as active, responsible citizens. However, this potential is not always met."

The guidelines include ensuring that children are involved in decisions about fundraising activities, and engaging children with any difficult issues that fundraising activities might raise, such as inequality.

They also say that opportunities to discuss the work of charities should be built into the planning or reflection stages of fundraising activities, so that children are able to think about how the money will be used.

The guidelines will be available from this week at www.dea.org.uk.

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