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General Terms and Conditions

All fundraising events must comply with applicable laws. Event Organisers are solely responsible for ensuring legal compliance and meeting SVP’s requirements.

Approval from SVP is required to repeat an event.

SVP provides advice and guidance only. The Event Organiser is responsible for the event’s execution, including expenses, promotion, insurance, record-keeping, and management.

SVP’s insurance does not cover external fundraising events. Seek independent insurance advice before your event.

Contact your local Garda station for guidance on necessary legal permits.

For raffles involving the public, obtain a permit from your Garda Station.

Door-to-door calls are allowed only if you know the resident and conduct calls during daylight hours.

For selling CDs, books, calendars, or similar items, get prior approval from the SVP region.

SVP does not provide direct marketing or PR for your event. You can create an online fundraising page on our website.

Notify SVP of any changes to your event details before it takes place.

Authority to Fundraise for SVP

To gain authority to fundraise for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older (under 18s need parent/guardian permission).
  • Complete the application form online or offline before the event.
  • Wait for SVP approval before advertising the event.

Use of Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Name & Logos

Do not include SVP in your event title. You may use SVP’s name and logo to indicate the event benefits SVP, such as “(Title of Event) to benefit SVP” or “in aid of SVP.”

Obtain prior approval from SVP for any printed materials, media publications, or advertisements related to the event. For national events, approval is required from the National Office; for others, from the Regional Office.

Contact the National or Regional Office to gain approval for using the SVP logo. If approved, SVP will provide the appropriate logo version. Do not copy the logo from other sources.

Cash Handling and Banking

Ensure that at least two adults are present to count and return the proceeds from the event.

Submit all net proceeds to SVP within 30 days of the event’s completion. You can donate funds online, at the bank, or to your local SVP. Provide a full set of income and expenditure accounts with your return, in line with best practices under the 2009 Charities Act.


To the fullest extent allowed by law, Event Organisers agree to:

  • Release SVP from any claims and demands arising from or related to the fundraising event.
  • Indemnify and hold SVP harmless from any liability resulting from loss, damage, or injury connected to the fundraising event.

If SVP believes an Event Organiser has not secured the necessary insurance or permits before an event, SVP can withdraw or refuse association with the event without notice. SVP may also announce that it does not endorse or associate with the event.

SVP’s insurance does not cover the fundraising event. It excludes loss, damage, or harm to anyone involved in organizing, assisting, or participating in the event, as well as their property. SVP is not responsible for any damage resulting from the event, whether it takes place in public parks, public areas, or private property. We strongly recommend that Event Organisers seek independent insurance advice before planning an event.

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