Our national charity partnership with Mind, SAMH and Inspire is our focus and priority for fundraising until June 2022. Together colleagues, members and suppliers have committed to raising £8m to improve community resilience and mental wellbeing.

However, you can still fundraise for local groups and organisations if you wish. Fundraising is essential for charities of all sizes and it’s a great way to contribute to causes that matter to you.

Follow this guidance to make sure you fundraise safety, and without conflicting our national partnership.

Key Guidance

You must follow current Coronavirus guidelines to reduce risk and keep colleagues and customers safe.

  • The group or organisation must not be one of our current local causes as money is raised through the Local Community Fund for these organisations. However, we would encourage you to allow Local Community Fund causes into store to raise awareness of the cause and encourage Members and Customers to choose them
  • If fundraising for any charities that aren’t our national partnership you must keep your fundraising local and not involve colleagues outside of your immediate team
  • You must not set any national or local fundraising targets
  • Check the group or organisation operates in line with fundraising regulations (see below)
  • Check the group or organisation fits our values (see below)
  • You must not hold any cake or bake sales, open food events or food giveaways (these are not allowed at all, as we are unable to manage the allergen risk)

Carry out the right checks

To help you decide if you can fundraise for any local groups or organisations, you must follow these checks to make sure the group's values are the same as ours, and in line with fundraising regulations:

  • the group must have a registered charity number, be an excepted charity, scouts/guides group or a community amateur sports club (CASC) - you can find more details and advice on this by reading this guide
  • the work the group is delivering benefits people from all faiths and political associations and is not purely intended to further religious or political beliefs
  • the group’s website or their representative has made it clear how they will use the money you raise
  • when you search the group’s name in a search engine, nothing appears that might cause you to doubt their reputation
  • the group should not be for the benefit of one individual, such as crowdfunding
  • the group you are supporting must fit with one of our three community missions:
    • Fair Access to Food
    • Fair Access to Mental Wellbeing
    • Fair Access to Education and Employment Opportunities for Young People

If you answered 'no' to any of the above statements or have any doubts email the fundraising team charitypartnership@coop.co.uk.

If you answered 'yes' to all of the above, you can now continue with your fundraising activity in line with the 'Fundraising Code of Conduct'. You can find more information here.

Risk Assessments

Once you have decided you are going to fundraise for a group you must fill out a risk assessment for any activities held in a Co-op location, such as:

  • static cycle rides
  • book sales
  • dressing up (by colleagues)

Please seek support before hosting a raffle as you will require a raffle license.

If you are looking for support fundraising for our National Charity Partners Mind, SAMH or Inspire you can contact them directly at coop@mind.org.uk.

If you need further advice on any other fundraising you are planning email charitypartnership@coop.co.uk.

Banking Money

If you have raised money for a local group or organisation you must follow the process to bank the money securely. Please refer to the following guides:

If you have any other queries about the banking process email localfundraising@coop.co.uk.