Safeguarding, Ethics Month, Probate Fee Hike and other fundraising news

Safeguarding, Ethics Month, Probate Fee Hike and other fundraising news

Felicity Spencer-Smith | 7 November 2019

Felicity Spencer-Smith, Senior External Affairs Officer, gives the low-down on the latest news updates in the fundraising world, including a December election, Ethics Awareness Month and the latest resources on safeguarding.


We are now facing a general election on 12 December 2019. Following the announcement, a number of MPs announced that they will not seek re-election. This includes Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for DCMS, so we know that whatever the outcome of the election, a new person will be in charge of the government department that includes the Office for Civil Society.

Chris Walker from NCVO has written a great article on how charities can prepare their campaigning ahead of the date. Read it here.


Great news for legacy fundraisers: the government has u-turned on probate fee plans that would have cost charities millions. It intended to replace the current flat fee of £215 with a sliding scale, meaning higher value estates would have been charged anything up to £6000.

Together with Remember A Charity, NCVO, STEP, the Institute of Legacy Management and the Law Society, we’ve been telling the government how the change would have effected charitable giving in the UK. The change would have meant less money for families and the good causes that people care about, so we’re pleased the government has reconsidered its plans.


Earlier this month, NCVO launched safeguarding resources available for free to help all organisations build a safer culture for volunteers, staff, and donors. We were pleased to have contributed to the resources and guidance for fundraising mangers, you can read it here.
If you need to familiarise yourself with our guidance on safeguarding, whistle blowing and your rights as fundraisers, take a look at our guidance here.


As part of Ethics Month (US) which takes place over the month of October, we’ve been talking about the tricky topics on the theme of ethical fundraising. We heard from experts in the field on leadership, donors, beneficiaries and the wider picture. Check out the full series here.


A reminder that the Fundraising Regulator’s revised Code of Fundraising Practice came into force on 1 October 2019. The new Code aims to be more accessible and easier to navigate.


IoF has committed to playing our part in tackling the climate emergency. After consulting with members, the IoF’s Board of Trustees approved a series of eight commitments for us to take forward. They include embedding the climate emergency as a theme in our work, providing more support to our members on stepping away from partnerships if they have environmental concerns, and collaborating with the charity sector for a stronger voice.

Our Chief Executive Peter Lewis wrote to members earlier this month.

If you would like to share a case study of your organisation’s climate actions, please get in touch with us at

Felicity Spencer-Smith is Senior External Affairs Officer at the Institute of Fundraising.

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