Sheffield United Charity Policy
Sheffield United recognises the importance and hard work of local charities and community fundraising groups, as well as the positive impact that the club can have to help generate revenues for these good causes.
Each year the club receives thousands of requests of requests for charitable support for worthwhile causes and is committed to delivering assistance, however, due to the sheer volume of requests it is not always possible to assist every application. All those who do apply are assured that all applications are very carefully considered, but at all times donations remain entirely at the discretion of the club. All successful applications will be notified by email. .
The club has this Charity Policy in place to facilitate the process.
Sheffield United FC has six nominated charities that we support each season. Currently, these are The Sheffield Children's Hospital, Weston Park Hospital, St Luke's Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, Cash for Kids and Cavendish Cancer Care.
Sheffield United FC is committed to working with the local community and supporting our local charities through the provision of a very limited number signed merchandise items, Category B match day ticket vouchers, and occasionally hospitality packages, though priority for these items will be given to those raising funds for one of the clubs aforementioned six nominated charities.
Sheffield United FC aims to support local charities within a 20-mile radius of Sheffield and therefore due to the high volume of requests, the club unfortunately cannot support requests from outside the local area.
In the event you are fundraising for a national charity such as Sports Relief, Children in Need, Stand up to Cancer or Comic Relief, the club will support these causes directly and will not respond to individual requests.
If you are fundraising for a national charity such as Sports Relief, Children in Need, Macmillan Coffee Morning, Stand up to Cancer or Comic Relief, the Club will support these causes directly and will not respond to individual requests.
For events arranged by local businesses for School fundraisers (Summer Fayre's and Xmas raffles etc ), the Club makes available a large number of raffle prizes, however, due to the sheer volume of requests received, it cannot provide a prize for every one received.
The Club also makes available each season a number of raffle prizes for junior and amateur football teams for their own fundraisers and for those teams raising funds for such as winter coats and training equipment. However the sheer volume received means we can only supply a certain amount each season and cannot respond to every email or letter it received.
Prior to the start of each season, the club will organise charity 'bucket collections' at selected home fixtures for its six nominated charities. These collections are the only bucket collections the club can support and therefore individuals or charities should not contact the club request a bucket collection.
The club policy is to not provide direct monetary donations.
Requests regarding difficult or tragic personal circumstances, or signed merchandise for any other reasons, should be addressed to Club Engagement Manager John Garrett on email@example.com who will provide an appropriate response on behalf of Sheffield United FC.
All charitable requests must be submitted at least six weeks in advance of the event.
All requests must be made in writing to the club, via email* to firstname.lastname@example.org or in a letter to Charity Requests, Sheffield United FC, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU.
No telephone requests will be accepted.
Written requests can be made and posted to the club or handed into the stadium.
To be considered for assistance, ALL requests should always include the following information:
- The registered name of the charity you are fundraising for, it's address and charity number (where applicable)
- Your contact name, email/postal address and contact phone number and the address you wish your donation to be sent to, should you be successful
- Type of event - some background for the donations request
- Day, Date, Time and Location of event
- A supporting letter of confirmation from the charity you are raising funds for
- Items can all be obtained and scanned with your request for assistance
*All email requests must always include a postal address.
Applications from local schools must be received directly from the school address on official headed paper and not from a home address on behalf of the school.
Charity requests will be considered by the club on a regular basis and successful requests will be responded to accordingly (usually via email and within 4 weeks of receipt of the request).
The club cannot guarantee fulfilment of each request due to the high volume we receive.
If you have not had a response within 4 weeks of submitting you application, then you must assume that on this occasion it has not been successful.
Reasons for declining your request may include:
- The charity is based outside the local community of Sheffield and its catchment area (20-mile radius).
- Short notice - the request has been received with less than six weeks-notice.
- The season is closed and therefore the request cannot be processed in time to meet the required deadline.
- There is insufficient written evidence to support the request (see above).
- The sheer volume of applications received within that category of request.
The club wish the very best of luck and our best wishes to all those raising funds for charity this season.