A discussion needs to be held about an ethics policy: are there areas from which sponsorship would be controversial/undesirable or funds which might be perceived as otherwise tainted?
Care must also be taken to reduce risks of being involved in money laundering or other frauds. A board may need to take a view on unusually large donations, or those that are offered with conditions or complex banking and transfer arrangements.
Unsolicited donations might be suspect, particularly if the board is unable to check the credentials of the people involved, or the appropriateness of the donation.
Board members should make themselves aware of the powers of the Fundraising Regulator. This regulator works alongside the Charity Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office in relation to charitable fundraising, to strengthen the system of charity regulation and maintain public trust in fundraising.