Frequently Asked Questions


About Us

Why have you set up Salford 4 Good?

The Salford state of the Sector Survey 2013 found that many local charities and community groups were struggling to secure funding, to connect with businesses 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 work with businesses locally or to fundraise in their local communities. Salford communities, people and businesses are keen to support local causes, but often don’t know what local charities do, or how they can work with them. We have set up Salford 4 Good to help bridge that gap.

Who are you? 

Salford 4 Good is a partnership project between Salford CVS, Binoh, The Broughton Trust, The Interlink Foundation, The Seedley and Langworthy Trust and Salford Disability Forum.  Salford 4 Good has been set up within the charitable activity of Salford CVS registered charity (number 519361).  Salford CVS is working with the Charity Service, a Manchester based charity (number 1011293) which provides specialist payroll giving and tax efficient giving mechanisms for employers.

How is Salford 4 Good funded? 

We have been fortunate to secure some ‘Transforming Local Infrastructure’ funding from the government, which has funded all set up costs. Partners have agreed to contribute towards the development of Salford 4 Good from their own resources from October 2013. We are currently developing our plans beyond that to ensure that Salford 4 Good continues to help local good causes.


For individuals

As an individual how can I get involved with Salford 4 Good or a local good cause? 

We have lots and lots of different ways, 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, 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 Salford 4 Good to discuss how you can get involved.


Can I set up a legacy in my will?

Of course! We will be able to help you do this, so that it can benefit local charities and good causes that are of interest to you.

Why should I support Salford 4 Good?

There are over 1360 local charities and community groups in Salford. They do a fantastic job, and help improve the quality of life for people living in Salford – 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 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 Salford 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.


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 ‘Salford 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.

There are lots of examples throughout this website – please take a look and see how you can get involved. You may have some unwanted materials, you might be able to offer a discount on some of your products or services to local causes, you might have employees that would be interested in giving some time to do a team or charity challenge or to help an organisation as a trustee.

If you’re not sure, contact us and one of the team can come and explore some ideas with you.

What does my business get out of it? 

There are lots of ways for your business to support Salford 4 Good, and lots of different ways your business can benefit. In general terms:

  •  A raised company profile in the community 
  •  Helping to create positive PR and publicity e.g. through Salford 4 Good helping to publicise your assistance of local good causes and get testimonials from groups you have supported
  • Positive PR can lead to customer brand loyalty and raise awareness of your business locally
  • An 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
  • Can help strengthen regulatory requirements through supporting environmental audit and corporate social responsibility business planning
  • Helps promote a healthy community which is always good for business 

In addition, if you develop and promote an Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) scheme  your staff members who participate will gain new skills and experience and team challenges provide groups with a fantastic opportunity to work together in a ‘non work’ setting, building rapport while helping a local good cause. 

By supporting the setting up of a payroll giving  initiative with your employees, you will be offering them 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 Salford 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 Salford 4 Good, you could benefit from increased sales. Salford 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 Salford 4 Good – taking part in a charity challenge, volunteering with a local charity, donating to a local good cause, regular donations through a payroll giving scheme are just some examples.

Is my business able to use the ‘Supporting Salford 4 Good’ logo?

Yes, if you can demonstrate that you support a local good cause we would love you to use the Salford 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 787 7795, Email: to get information on branding usage.

General Questions

Why should I give to/through Salford 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. Salford 4 Good provides a ‘shop window’ to help good causes in Salford, not just with money but also by encouraging people to give time, skills and resources.

How much is going in admin/management costs? 

We have secured government funding for all set up costs, so these will not be deducted from donations. We are also able to reclaim gift aid, further increasing the amount available from eligible donations. Partners are supporting the establishment and management of Salford 4 Good from their own resources during 2013-14.  

Salford 4 Good has registered with BT's MyDonate to process online donations. It is free for charities to use as there are no set up, subscription or commission fees. Every penny of the money donated (excluding credit/debit card charges) is paid into Salford 4 Good's bank account. BT even collects Gift Aid on our behalf to maximise our fundraising.

Salford CVS administration costs incurred in the distribution of funds to local charities may be supported from funds raised but this would never exceed actual administration costs.

How do I know my money is safe?

We have a number of safeguards in place. Firstly, Salford CVS is administering Salford 4 Good and is governed by the Charity Commission.  Salford CVS has an independent board of trustees, and the organisation has strong financial controls and systems in place. Salford CVS has extensive experience of managing grant programmes. Salford 4 Good will be overseen by a steering group which will include senior staff from Salford CVS, Binoh, The Broughton Trust, The Interlink Foundation, The Seedley and Langworthy Trust and Salford Disability Forum.  In addition trustees from the Salford 4 Good partners and 2 independent members will make decisions regarding any grant distribution.  MyDonate is a not-for-profit service from BT. It provides a secure and easy-to-use platform for Salford 4 Good to generate online donations. Every penny of the money that donors contribute (excluding credit and debit card charges) is paid into the Salford 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 Salford 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 a regular 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 by a regular grants process.

When do you expect to be distributing money to local good causes?

We expect the grants process to be in place during 2014.

How much do you expect to distribute to local good causes?

The steering group will be setting a grant making target shortly.


For Community Groups and Good Causes

How can my local group benefit from Salford 4 Good?

There are lots of ways in which local community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations can benefit from Salford 4 Good:

  •  Time and skills – if you have the need for specialist help or have particular skills missing within your group then Salford 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 – Salford 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 are keen to hear how we can help you raise money as well as raise money for Salford 4 Good. We will also run a new Salford 4 Good grant fund 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 Salford 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 Salford 4 Good? 

If you are a local charity, community or voluntary group that wants to find out how you can benefit from Salford 4 Good, please contact us on Tel: 0161 787 7795.

If I get help through Salford 4 Good, do I have to acknowledge it?

We are trying to build a strong identity for Salford 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 Salford 4 Good should acknowledge it.

We will help promote your cause, and the support you have received, on our website and in media releases, helping to raise your profile. We would also like you to acknowledge the support of Salford 4 Good by using the ‘Supported by Salford 4 Good' ‘stamp’ on your marketing materials.