Ethical Fundraising and Donation Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

Prince’s Trust International was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales as the international arm of The Prince’s Trust UK. We work with local partners around the world to deliver education, employment and enterprise programmes that empower young people to learn, work and thrive.

Prince’s Trust International is a young charity with a bold ambition to support young people across the world to fulfil their potential. Our partners and the generous support of our diverse community of donors, fundraisers and volunteers enable us to meet our charitable objectives. Prince’s Trust International is committed to making decisions that are both in line with our charitable objectives and in the best interests of the young people we are here to support.

This policy ensures that we do not compromise on our mission and values when it comes to raising income. This policy governs the acceptance and refusal of donations by Prince’s Trust International where there is perceived risk to our programming, staff, reputation, financial position or brand in accepting the donation. By implementing this policy, we have a robust and informed decision-making process for all donations/partnerships/opportunities that are deemed high risk. This policy is reviewed by our Board of Trustees and Risk and Audit Committee.

Prince’s Trust International Fundraising Team is ultimately responsible for the implementation of this policy, with the support of Prince’s Trust’s International Risk and Audit Committee. The Trustees delegate day-to-day responsibility for decisions on donation acceptance in regards to ethical fundraising and reputational risk to the Risk and Audit Committee and the Fundraising Leadership Group. Day to day responsibility for refusing a donation on the grounds of vulnerability is delegated to the Fundraising Leadership Group.

HOW DO WE ACCEPT AND REFUSE DONATIONS?

Our international community of supporters are vital to enabling us to achieve our charitable objectives and support thousands of young people across the world every year. We are committed to working alongside supporters and potential supporters to raise funds in a way which has the best interests of young people at heart.

Prince’s Trust International has a ethical fundraising and reputational risk indicators in place, where we will assess the donation or funding opportunity. We review these on an individual basis to balance out the help we could give young people in accepting the funds against the risks of doing so. These risk indicators include, but are not limited to, association with illegal activity, activities which could have a negative impact on young people’s chances to succeed and potential negative impacts to the reputation of Prince’s Trust International.

To enable us to make an informed decision, we carry out appropriate research in line with our Privacy Policy. If, following this research, a donation is deemed to be a significant risk, The Prince’s Trust’s International Risk and Audit Committee, through assessment, decide whether the gift or partnership should be accepted or pursued. The Risk and Audit Committee is chaired by one of the Board’s Trustees and includes representatives from the organisation’s Board, directorate, Legal, and Operations.

Where material concerns are raised about funds that have already been received by Prince’s Trust International, the Risk and Audit Committee will review it and determine whether it is appropriate to retain the funds or take the appropriate action in relation to the funds or partnership. Repeated donations or multi-year partnerships are reviewed to include any significant areas of concern that may have arisen since the previous assessment and decision was carried out.

Where we know or have good reason to believe that a supporter lacks capacity to make a decision to donate or is in a vulnerable circumstance which means they may not be able to make an informed decision, we will not accept the donation.

Prince’s Trust International reserves the right to refuse donations or terminate partnerships without reason being provided, where the activities or the individual or organisation conflict with our goal of helping transform to the lives of young people internationally.

Prince’s Trust International is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. We endeavour to carry out our fundraising activities in line with the Code of Fundraising Practice, our own ethical fundraising policy and the expectations of our supporters.  We are signed up to the Fundraising Preference Service, which gives the public control over the fundraising communications they receive.

CONTACT

For queries relating to this policy, please contact

Rosalind.O’Mahony@princestrustinternational.org