The Fundraising Regulator was launched on 7th July 2016, taking over responsibility for regulating fundraising activity by charities from the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB). Protection of donors, particularly vulnerable people, is at the top of their agenda and they are now ready to receive complaints from the public. The new Regulator also takes responsibility for the Code of Fundraising Practice from FRSB and the Public Fundraising Rule Books from the PFRA.
The Regulator was created as a result of recommendations made by Sir Stuart Etherington, who chaired a major review of fundraising activities in September 2015. The Etherington review was undertaken in response to criticism from the media and politicians about unethical fundraising practices used by some charities. Sadly that’s become very again topical recently, with a report by The Sun exposing aggressive sales techniques used by fundraising ‘chuggers’.
Lord Grade, interim Chair of the Fundraising Regulator, commented at the launch event, “the damage to public confidence experienced by charities affects the whole sector. No regulator can be effective without the confidence of the public and the support of the sector it regulates. Many charities have accepted that things must change and that they can be instrumental in leading that change”.
The Fundraising Preference Service, also proposed within the same review, is expected to launch by the end of year.
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