Adopt a Charity

RAG is here to support affiliated Student Groups to run their own charity fundraising events. Queen Mary Students’ Union is a UK registered charity and is subject to charity law, which our student groups also fall into. Because of this, all charity fundraising that our Student Groups do must come through RAG and not through individual groups subs or grants accounts.

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Adopt a Charity is a way in which Student Groups can raise money for charities of their choice. All you need to do is follow the simple steps set out below and then you can start gathering the pennies and pounds for a UK registered charity.
  • Get nominated in fundraising award categories for the Students' Union Awards.
  • Bring your student group together to make a difference to the causes that matter to you and have fun in the process!
  • Develop your own skills by organising and planning events while raising money for a good cause.
  1. With your members and committee choose a UK registered charity.
  2. 2. Complete the Adopt a Charity form to let us know your Student Group who your student group will be fundraising for and what your fundraising plans are. Please give us as much notice as possible- ideally 20 working days minimum. We need to approve your fundraising events and activities before they can be advertised. This is to make sure that they are going to be safe and compliant and set up correctly.
  3. Register your activity by filling in the Event Registration Form.
  4. Promote your event and raise some money! You can also contact the RAG Officer for your campus to support with this.
  5. Keep in touch with how your fundraising is going!
  6. Send us photos and details so we can celebrate your activities and achievements on QMSU Societies Social Media.
Cash collections

You can borrow cash buckets from reception if the charity has not provided them for you. They will need to be marked with your charity’s information including name, logo and charity registration number.

When you are collecting cash, you need to bring the cash to reception immediately following your fundraising activity and you must specify that this money is for charity and not your subs account (if money goes directly into your subs account you will lose 20% to VAT)

Please let us know at least 10 days in advance when you expect to bring in cash and which students’ union reception you will bring it to.

Card Donations

The Students’ Union has a card reader that you can borrow for your fundraising activities. If you wish to use it, you will need to book it in advance. Please email us at with as much notice as possible but at least 1 week before you need to use it. Requests are granted on a first come first served basis.

You will need to sign an agreement when you pick it up. You will also receive instructions detailing how to use it. You will need to bring it back to reception immediately after each fundraising activity, e.g. If you are fundraising over several days, you will need to return the card reader at the end of each day.

Please note that income received by card reader is subject to a 1.69% admin fee.


When you are completing your ticket request, please state on the form that these are fundraising tickets so that they can be allocated to the correct cost centre. This will ensure that your charity receives the full donation (as VAT will not be deducted).

*Please note that it is not possible to donate money received from grant funding directly to charity.

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