Ethical Fundraising Policy 

This policy covers The Gloucester 1682 Charitable Trust and partner organisations associated with the Trust in
pursuit of raising funds to support the work of the Trust.
Our Aims are

  • To advance heritage for the public benefit by assisting with the recovery and preservation of The Gloucester
    (1682) and related or connected artefacts.
  • To advance education for the public benefit by the establishment and maintenance of a museum in Great
  • To advance education for the public benefit by promoting and furthering interest, research and knowledge
    in maritime history, navigation and undersea heritage and archaeology.

Our work is driven by these values: equality and inclusivity, environmental sustainability, ethical and social
responsibility, creativity and innovation.

Ethical Statement and Acceptance Policy
The aim of our fundraising activity is to support the aims of The Gloucester 1682 Charitable Trust by actively seeking
income through partnerships, trusts and foundations, donations, grants, legacies, endowments, companies, groups,
individuals and fundraising events to provide the resources to support our activities.

Acceptance Criteria
The aim of this policy is to ensure that sponsorship or gifts judged to be illegally or immorally obtained or that risk
adversely affecting our institutional integrity or reputation are not accepted. All fundraising activity must be legal,
open, honest and respectful. The Gloucester 1682 Charitable Trust will comply with money laundering rules, the
Bribery Act, Charity Commission guidance, the Museum Association Code of Ethics, GDPR, the Institute of
Fundraising guidance and the Funding Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice.
The gifts or sponsorship must support our values, aims and organisational objectives and activities.

The Gloucester 1682 Charitable Trust will decline donations or sponsorship if:

  • The donor has acted illegally in obtaining the funds
  • Acceptance would damage the effective operation of the Trust
  • Acceptance would harm relationships with partners, visitors, stakeholders or funders
  • Funding would create a conflict of interest
  • Acceptance would damage the reputation of the Trust
  • Acceptance is dependent on the fulfilment of unacceptable conditions applied by the donor

Control and Governance

  • Level 2. Fundraising Team (or Head of Development)
  • Level 1. Board of Trustees

The Fundraising Team will coordinate and manage philanthropic gifts and undertake any necessary research into
potential donors or sponsors. All staff and Trustees must abide by this Policy and should ensure that any
philanthropic gift, financial or gift in kind is referred to the Fundraising Team who can then refer upwards as

This Ethical Fundraising Policy applies to all fundraising and with particular care toward:

  • Major gifts such as individual donations over £5,000
  • All legacies or endowments with conditions attached
  • Anonymous donations or gifts from unknown organisations
  • Donations, grants or gifts which might be in any way controversial

The Board of Trustees has final responsibility to accept or decline donations, as above, with devolved responsibility
to the Head of Development and Fundraising Team