Raising money, advertising and promotions
Most community organisations need to raise money for their activities. This section of the PilchConnect website looks at some of the common legal issues which may arise for Victorian community organisations when raising money.
Many activities that groups can undertake to raise money are regulated, and groups may need permits or licences to undertake these activities.
Key activies covered in this section include:
- fundraising activities - which includes requesting donations for yourself or someone else's benefit, selling merchandise where some or all of profits will go towards a cause or organisation, or holding events to raise money. There are special laws that apply to all fundrasising activities
- trade promotions - which are competitions where there is no (or minimal cost) to enter, or entry is granted when a person purchases a product or ticket to an event and a prize is offered. Trade promotion prizes can be awarded on chance alone, or include an element of skill such as 'in 25 words or less...'. These promotions can be 'complete a survey and win', door prizes, and other promotional competitions. There are special laws that apply to all trade promotions
- raffles and minor gaming activities (including bingo, gaming nights, lotteries, lucky envelopes, sweepstakes) - where indivuduals purchase a ticket or pay money to enter a game or competition. There are special laws that apply to these activities
- grants and funding - where you organisation approaches grant-giving organisaitons for program funding
- gifts, wills, bequests and endowments - where individuals or organisatiosn provide gifts when to your organisation, or where individual through their will leave a bequest or endowment to your organisation.
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