Gifts and Hospitality

There should be clear guidelines for receipt of gifts or hospitality by management committee/board members.

Organisations need to agree in advance whether or not it is acceptable for members of the management committee/board, staff or volunteers to receive gifts from services users, suppliers, customers or anyone else connected with the work of the organisation.

In general it may be allowable to receive a one off token gift but where something of more value or a regular gift it may be unacceptable. The key issue is to ensure this is agreed in advance and that everyone is clear about the rules, which are in place.

Below is a sample code of conduct in relation to the accepting of gifts and hospitality from Volunteer Now.