Frequently Asked Questions
Why have we set up Tameside 4 Good?
We undertook research in 2011, and found that local charities and community groups were really struggling to secure funding, to connect with businesses and to fundraise. They often don’t have the time, skills or marketing budget compared to large, national charities to be able to raise their profile and work with businesses locally or to fundraise in their local communities. Businesses said to us that they are keen to support local causes, but often don’t know what local charities do, or how they can work with them. Recent national reports have found that there is a low awareness with the public of how to give time / money to local charitable causes, as two recent reports demonstrate. We therefore set up Tameside 4 Good to help bridge that gap, address all of these issues and provide a strong, local brand and a local tax efficient fundraising vehicle.
Who are you?
In 2012, Tameside 4 Good was been set up as an initiative of Community and Voluntary Action Tameside (CVAT). CVAT was a registered charity (no. 1148056) formed from the merger of Tameside Third Sector Coalition and Volunteer Centre Tameside, both long established charities in the borough. On 1st April 2016, Voluntary Action Oldham & Community and Voluntary Action Tameside merged to form Action Together. Action Together (charity no.1165512) is the leading support and development agency for voluntary, community and faith groups in Tameside and Oldham, our overarching mission is to build and support a strong and vibrant voluntary and community action in Tameside.
How is Tameside 4 Good funded?
Tameside 4 Good was set up with funding for the first 18 months by a grant from central government ‘Transforming Local Infrastructure’. Our management/administration costs are currently funded through support from Action Together, the Tameside 4 Good dormant funds and from income we generate from licence fees of the ‘4 Good’ model and from ESV team challenges.
The funds we distribute come from released dormant charitable funds that Tameside Council have transferred to Tameside 4 Good with approval from the Charity Commission to be made available to benefit local good causes.
Our Business Offer
My business can’t afford to give money. Is that a problem?
Most certainly not! We’re really conscious that we are all in a difficult financial climate, and so spare money isn’t always readily available to give to good causes. We have deliberately designed Tameside 4 Good so that it is about so much more than giving money. We want to encourage businesses to give time, skills and resources to help local voluntary and community groups and charities.
Please visit the business section to see how you can get involved. You may have some unwanted materials, you might be able to offer a discount on your products or services to local causes, you may have employees that would like to give time to take on a team challenge or they could develop their skills by becoming a trustee of a local organisation.
Contact us to explore ideas that would work well with your business Tel: 0161 339 2345, Email: email@example.com
What does my business get out of it?
There are a range of ways for your business to support Tameside 4 Good, and lots of different ways your business can benefit. In general terms:
- Helping to promote a healthy community is always good for business
- Helping to create positive PR and publicity
- Customer brand loyalty
- Boost your corporate social responsibility (CSR) credentials i.e. how your business impacts on the wider community and using that impact in a positive way
- Increase in pride, staff morale and staff retention by providing a ‘cause’ behind which they can work together
- Understanding the wider impact of your business can help you develop new products and services
- Strengthen regulatory requirements through supporting environmental audit and CSR business planning
Developing and promoting an Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) scheme will help participating staff members gain new skills and experience. Tameside 4 Good team challenges provide employees with a fantastic opportunities to work together in a ‘non work’ setting and to build rapport while helping a local good cause.
By supporting the setting up of a payroll giving initiative, you will be offering your employees a tax efficient way of supporting their chosen local good cause. Through payroll giving you and your staff can make a real difference to good causes in Tameside which will help your business meet its corporate social responsibility priorities.
By offering discounts to local charities on your goods and services or by offering to donate a proportion of each sale to Tameside 4 Good, you could benefit from increased sales. Tameside 4 Good will help to promote these to the wider community and local charities.
How can my staff get involved?
There are lots of ways for staff and employees to get involved in Tameside 4 Good – taking part in a sponsored charity challenge, volunteering with a local good cause, donating to Tameside 4 Good regular donations through a payroll giving scheme.We have a network of Charity Champions in local businesses in Tameside who we work with to promote Tameside 4 Good and are always happy to recruit more!
Contact us to explore ideas that would work well with your business Tel: 0161 339 2345, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my business able to use the ‘Supporting Tameside 4 Good’ logo?
Yes, if your business works with Tameside 4 Good to support a local good cause we would love you to use the Tameside 4 Good ‘stamp’ on your marketing materials. We will also help promote and showcase your work on our website and through press releases. Please contact the team on Tel: 0161 339 2345, Email: email@example.com to get information on branding usage.
Why should I give to/through Tameside 4 Good as opposed to going direct to a local charity or good cause?
You can, of course, give direct to local good causes, and we would encourage you to do so.
However, from our research we know that many small good causes aren’t able to reclaim gift aid (increasing the amount of any donation made by 25p per £1) and people often don’t know about the fantastic work that small, local charities and community groups undertake. Tameside 4 Good provides a ‘shop window’ to help good causes in Tameside, not just with money but also by encouraging people to give time, skills and resources.
How do I know my money is safe?
We have a number of safeguards in place. Firstly, Action Together is running Tameside 4 Good and is governed by the Charity Commission. Action Together has an independent board of trustees, and the organisation has strong financial controls and systems in place. Action Together has extensive experience of managing grant programmes, and Tameside 4 Good is overseen by a steering group which will include Action Together trustees, the deputy leader of Tameside Council and the Civic Mayor of Tameside, which will undertake detailed scrutiny of the initiative.
MyDonate is a not-for-profit service from BT. It provides a secure and easy-to-use platform for Tameside 4 Good to generate online donations. MyDonate is completely safe and secure. It is free for charities to use as there are no set up, subscription or commission fees.
BT is one of the world’s leading experts in online security. We are trusted by security-conscious organisations including high-street banks, the UK government and the Ministry of Defence.
The MyDonate service uses an advanced encryption technology provided by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), a recognised authentication and encryption software.
Every penny that donors contribute (excluding credit and debit card charges) is paid into the Tameside 4 Good bank account. BT even collects Gift Aid on our behalf to maximise our fundraising. Payments we received by MyDonate, whether donations or Gift Aid, will be processed via the BT Buynet secure payment processing system.
If I donate money, how long will it be before it reaches the good causes?
If you donate online, MyDonate makes payments of donations due to Tameside 4 Good on a weekly basis which will take up to 3 working days to clear. Payments of Gift Aid received by MyDonate on our behalf will be paid on a monthly basis subject to the varying authorisation timelines from HMRC which can be from 2 to 6 weeks.
If you have specified a named organisation, we will then pass the donation to them. If you do not specify an individual organisation or cause, your donation will be distributed by our grants process.
How is the money distributed to local causes?
If a donor has specified a named organisation, we will pass the donation (plus any reclaimed gift aid) directly to them. If a donor has not specified a named organisation or cause, the donation will be distributed via our grants process.
When do you expect to be distributing money to local good causes?
We launched the grants process in April 2013, and the first grants were distributed to good causes in June 2013. For further information on grants rounds, please visit the grants page.
How much do you expect to distribute to local good causes?
The Tameside 4 Good grant scheme is committed to distributing £100,000 to local good causes from 2013 to 2015. Grants of up to £500 are available to individuals under 25 who want to undertake an activity that benefits them and their community, with grants of up to £4,000 available to local community groups.
We have worked with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council to release approximately £500,000 in dormant charitable funds held by them, and this alongside our fundraising efforts should enable us to distribute £50,000 - £70,000 annually.
As an individual how can I get involved with Tameside 4 Good or a local good cause?
We have lots of different ways to get involved, depending on how active you want to be, your interests and how much time you may have.
You could take part in a sponsored event, provide a gift in kind, organise your own event, mentor, and volunteer or become a Trustee with a local group or simply help with a one off piece of fundraising like a supermarket bag pack.
Please contact the team to discuss how you can get involved, Tel: 0161 339 2345; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I set up a legacy in my will?
Of course! Our team will be able to provide you with information on how to do this, so that it can benefit local charities and good causes that are of interest to you. Contact us on Tel: 0161 339 2345; Email: email@example.com
Why should I support Tameside 4 Good?
There are over 1,000 local charities and community groups in Tameside. They do a fantastic job, and help improve the quality of life for people living in Tameside – everything from scouts groups to parent-teachers associations; older peoples’ luncheon clubs to sports activities.
Many are really struggling to secure funding and to fundraise. They often don’t have the time, skills or marketing budget compared to larger, national charities to be able to raise their profile and or to fundraise in their local communities. Many are too small to be able to claim back gift aid, which can boost the amount raised.
We have developed Tameside 4 Good to support local good causes, and to help people locally to support their community through the giving of time and skills, money and resources.
For Community Groups and Good Causes
How can my Tameside community and voluntary group or charity benefit from Tameside 4 Good?
There are lots of ways in which local community, voluntary and faith organisations can benefit from Tameside 4 Good:
- Time and skills – if you have the need for specialist help or have particular skills missing within your group then Tameside 4 Good can help you by linking you with businesses or individuals in the communities prepared to help, whether it’s a one off activity (e.g. help setting up a new website) or the start of a new relationship (e.g. recruiting new trustees).
- Money – Tameside 4 Good can help you raise money through joint fundraising activities. If your group has little or no experience of raising money from the public and want to try it out then why not team up with us to do a joint event or share places on sponsored sporting activities. We’ve always got ideas and keen to hear how we can help you raise money as well as raise money for Tameside 4 Good. We will also the Tameside 4 Good grant scheme which is generated from the money we raise.
- Resources – if you’re in need of a new piece of equipment or developing a new project but are short of some key items whether it’s sport equipment, electrical items, ingredients for hot lunches etc. then Tameside 4 Good can help you find them, either by advertising the items needed in our online fundraising shop or by seeing if a local business can donate the resources.
How do I sign my local good cause up to benefit from Tameside 4 Good?
If you are a local charity, community or voluntary group that wants to find out how you can benefit from Tameside 4 Good, please contact the development team at Action Together on Tel: 0161 339 2345; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If I get help through Tameside 4 Good, do I have to acknowledge it?
Yes. We are trying to build a strong identity for Tameside 4 Good, and to demonstrate that people and businesses are passionate about helping their local community. So, we think it is important that those local good causes helped by through Tameside 4 Good should acknowledge it.
We will help promote your cause, and the support you have received, on our website and in press releases, helping to raise your profile. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Tameside 4 Good by using the ‘Supported by Tameside 4 Good' ‘stamp’ on your marketing materials.