*We may have lied about the goat herding.

You can always email us at fundraising@projectscotland.co.uk and ask us your question directly. We’re very friendly and we love a good chitchat.

What can I do to raise money for ProjectScotland?

Whether you apply for one of our charity places at an event, join one of our fundraising events, or plan your own fundraising event there are plenty of ways to fundraise for us. You can also check out our armchair fundraising page and see how you can support us without even leaving the house.

How do I become a Champion?

All our past ProjectScotland volunteers automatically become Champions! As a Champion you can take advantage of ongoing contact with ProjectScotland, keeping you up-to-date with fundraising opportunities, exclusive one off volunteering opportunities and lots of other advice, information and fun stuff we’ve put together specifically for Champions. To find out more visit our PS… You’re a Champion page. Don't worry if you're not a former ProjectScotland volunteer though - if you'd like to be kept up to date with all our one-off events, simply email champions@projectscotland.co.uk and we can add you to our mailing list.

How can I fundraise online?

ProjectScotland has partnered with Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving to provide you with an online platform to fundraise. Just sign up free to either website, create your giving page detailing how you will be fundraising, then promote it to your friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else you can think of. Make sure you read our easy guide to setting up your online pages and you’re ready to rock and roll. You can also check out our armchair fundraising page and see how you can support us without even leaving the house.

I raised money online – what do I do now?

If you used an online giving page make sure you send us your page link and then your donations will come directly to us so you don’t need to do anything else. Just like magic.

How do I explain what ProjectScotland does?

Semaphore, smoke signals or chat to people. We don't mind. The key words are “We are a charity that helps young people in Scotland aged 16 to 30 to get on in life by volunteering with a local charity. We partner with hundreds of Scottish charities to create quality volunteering placements in Scotland.”

What do I do if I'm falling short of my sponsorship target?

When you apply for one of our guaranteed charity places, you’ll be asked to complete an application form. On this form, you sign to say that you understand you will be committing to paying the relevant registration fee, and raising the relevant amount of sponsorship money. It is important that you consider the commitment to the charity before you apply for one of our places - if you cannot reach the commitment, we would suggest that you enter the public ballot to your chosen event and try to get your own place - that way you will just be asked to raise as much as possible. If you fall short of the sponsorship amount, we will work with you to try to establish a means of you paying the money in to us - perhaps in instalments over time. However, we will be working with you from the minute you sign up to ensure that you are able to raise the required amount and we would encourage all participants to contact us as soon as possible if they are worried about reaching their target.

Ouch. I've injured myself and can't take part. Who do I tell?

Give us a call or email us as soon as possible to let us know. We realise it is very disappointing to have to pull out but we may be able to reallocate your place to someone else who wants to take part. When your injury has healed we can try to transfer you to a similar event so that you can continue to support us.

What is Gift Aid and how do I claim it?

Gift Aid is a way of increasing your donation at no extra cost. As a registered charity, ProjectScotland is allowed to claim back an extra 25p on every £1 donated to us in Gift Aid through HM Revenue & Customs. Just make sure that you and your sponsors complete the Gift Aid section on your sponsorship form.

Is Gift Aid included in my minimum Sponsorship Target?

ProjectScotland’s policy, like that of many other charities, is that Gift Aid is not included in sponsorship targets.

What do I do with my completed sponsorship form?

If you used a sponsorship form to collect your donations, please post your completed form, along with a money return form (you can download this from our Bits & Bobs section), and cheque made payable to ‘ProjectScotland’ to Fundraising Team, ProjectScotland, 20 Hopetoun Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4GH. Alternatively, you can post your sponsorship form to us and send us your money via direct bank transfer. Please email fundraising@projectscotland.co.uk and we’ll send you our bank details. It is important we receive your Sponsorship Form to claim Gift Aid so please remember to complete it fully and not to send us cash in the post. The only envelopes we like that jingle come from Santa Claus.

How do I make my event safe?

We have put together a handy event checklist full of advice about how to make sure your fundraising event is safe and managed appropriately as well as being fun and successful! Remember to use our ‘In aid of’ logo and Charity number (SC035464) on all promotional material and online.

How will you use the money I raise?

Your money will allow us to help young people in Scotland get on in life. If you’d like more detail on how we raise and spend our money visit our Where does the money go page.

How do I make a complaint about your fundraising?

ProjectScotland is committed to helping young people get on in life. While the nature of our work is vital, we never intend to offend or upset you with the content or techniques of our fundraising. We operate within fundraising guidelines set out by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, the Institute of Fundraising, and the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel. We strive to ensure all our fundraising activity is open, fair, effective, and honest. If you have any concerns about one of our fundraising activities, dislike the way you have been asked for a donation, or are in any other way dissatisfied or upset about our fundraising then please get in touch. The easiest way is through our Fundraising team: Telephone 0131 226 0702, between 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday Email: fundraising@projectscotland.co.uk Write to: Fundraising, ProjectScotland, Hayweight House, Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DQ