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Launch of Revised Code of Practice from the Fundraising Regulator, July 2019


The new and improved Code of Fundraising Practice from the Fundraising Regulator will come into effect in autumn 2019.

The Fundraising Regulator are the independent watchdog for all fundraising carried out by - or on behalf of - charitable, philanthropic and benevolent organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Amongst other duties, the Regulator maintain and develop the UK-wide Code of Fundraising Practice, as well as investigate issues raised by members of the public about fundraising practice that could not be resolved by the charities themselves.

Designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising, the amendments to existing Code of Practice are also easier for the public to navigate, so that they know what to expect from ethical fundraising.

The changes follow a consultation that took place in autumn 2018. The consultation looked at the style, the presentation, clarity and the accessibility of the current code.

Following that consultation, changes to the Code now include:

  • Clearer navigation of the Code by rearranging the standards into three parts, so that users can clearly identify which standards apply according to the type of fundraising they do.
  • Consolidation of the former code, rulebooks and legal appendices so that all of the standards can be found in one code.
  • Clarification of the differences in law in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • Transparent, jargon-free language, following an independent review by the Plain English campaign, which gave the code a Crystal Mark standard.

The Regulator says that complaints will continue to be considered against the version of the code in effect at the time of the incident: So the new code will be used as the basis for making decisions about any incidents that take place from October onwards.

For more information, or to view the new Code of Practice, visit the Fundraising Regulator’s website.



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