MCAI's Fundraising Policy

 

  • MCAI operates a fundraising promise (see Appendix 1)

 

  • MCAI spends only 4% of its resources for charity running costs (unrestricted funding) on fundraising (around 1% of all income).

 

  • MCAI does not use the services of professional, paid fundraisers or contractors and does not employ staff whom only focus on fundraising (currently MCAI employs 2 part-time staff in the UK).

 

  • MCAI does not have any promotional agreements with any commercial companies.

 

  • The vast majority of MCAI’s fundraising activities are undertaken by unpaid volunteers (mostly MCAI’s Trustees, including Honorary Directors).

 

  • MCAI operates an ethical fundraising policy as follows:

 

 

MCAI does not accept gifts and/or donations from corporations and industries that are in the following categories:

 

  • Arms manufacturing and selling: The arms industry provides the means to cause human suffering and any association with this industry compromises MCAI’s ethos, values and work.

 

  • Tobacco manufacturing and selling: Donations are not taken from tobacco corporations as they are in conflict with MCAI’s ethos, values and work.

 

  • Pharmaceutical Industry: MCAI will not accept funding from pharmaceutical companies. MCAI may consider accepting in-kind donations from pharmaceutical companies only on an exceptional, medically justified basis. MCAI will consider applying for funds to charitable Foundations associated with pharmaceutical companies on a case-by-case basis.

 

  • Food companies that make and promote infant milk formulae: MCAI will not accept any donations from these companies and will not be associated with them in any way.

 

  • Fossil fuel and Extraction Industry: MCAI will not accept funding from the fossil fuel and extraction industries because of their harmful effects on the environment and the health of local populations in low-resource settings.

 

MCAI makes every effort to track and check the source of all major donations (those over £500).

MCAI does not knowingly accept donations from individual major donors directly linked with the following activities:

 

Arms trading, tobacco manufacturing and selling, promoting infant milk formulae, selling and promoting pharmaceutical products, extracting fossil fuels, and furthering the abuse of human rights.

Appendix 1: MCAI’s Fundraising Promise

 

WE ARE COMMITTED TO HIGH STANDARDS

  • We ensure that MCAI staff volunteers, and Trustees comply with the Code of Fundraising Practice and with MCAI’s Fundraising 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.

 

WE ARE CLEAR

  • We are clear about who we are, what we do and how your gift is used.

  • 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 is available on request.

  • If we cannot resolve your complaint, we accept the authority of the Independent Fundraising Standards and Adjudication Panel for Scotland.

 

Agreed by MCAI Trustees May 2016

Revised September 2016

Revised February 2017

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