How fundraising is regulated?

Fundraising is regulated through a self-regulatory system. The Fundraising Regulator sets and maintains the standards for charitable fundraising. They ensure that fundraising is respectful, open, honest and accountable to the public.

The Institute of Fundraising and the Fundraising Regulator have an agreed Memorandum of Understanding which was signed by the chief executives of both organisations in October 2016.

The Fundraising Regulator is responsible for regulation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Fundraising self-regulation in Scotland is different to the system in place within England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Fundraising by charities only registered in Scotland is subject to Scottish charity law and the Scottish system of self-regulated fundraising through the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel (for more information, click on the link here).

The standards for fundraising are outlined out in the Code of Fundraising Practice which the Fundraising Regulator sets through its Standards Committee. All IoF members are expected to follow the Code of Fundraising Practice as set out in our Code of Conduct.

As well as setting the standards for fundraising, the Fundraising Regulator also takes complaints about fundraising, investigates cases and adjudicates on fundraising practice. For more information, go to the Fundraising Regulator’s information on Complaints.

For more general information on charity regulation go to Charity Commission.