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 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 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 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 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 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.



  • 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