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Money collection licences
Rahankeräyslaki (255/2006) and Valtioneuvoston asetus rahankeräyksistä 503/2006 came into force on 1.7.2006.
Collecting money is an activity in which money is collected by appealing to the public without providing a consideration. The only thing that can be given to a participant in a collection is a badge from the holder of the money collection permit or the collection which in itself has no economic value (collection badge).
Money collection may only be carried out by those with an official permit (money collection permit).
Money collection permits may be issued by:
Money can be collected to acquire funds that will be used for the common good. As an exception to the requirement for the common good, money collection may also be carried out to acquire funds to support an individual person or family in financial difficulties.
A money collection permit may be issued to associations or foundations registered in Finland whose exclusive purpose is the common good. Permits can also be issued under certain conditions stipulated in the legislation to associations that are not registered in Finland, but their exclusive purpose must also be the common good. Money collection permits cannot be granted to the State, a municipality or federation of municipalities, nor to an Evangelical Lutheran church nor Orthodox church society, parish or parish unions.
A separate bank account (money collection account) has to be opened for each collection.
A money collection permit is not required by play school groups, school classes or established study or hobby group in order to collect money if a legally competent person is responsible for the collection of money. Money can be collected at events of the parties mentioned, if the funds collected are to be used for promoting studies or the activity of the hobby. A money collection permit is also not required when a collection is taken among the participants by the organiser of a public meeting when the public meeting is held indoors.
The following do not fall under the aegis of the Money Collection Act:
1) assistance to neighbours;
2) collecting goods;
3) appealing to the public in order to receive property through a legacy;
4) auctions, concerts and support events for charities;
5) requests for donations in conjunction with invitation to mark an individual’s special day and interview as well as in connection with obituaries and remembrances;
6) collections taken among people participating in a public religious service of a religious community under the Freedom of Religion Act (453/2003).