Last week the Fundraising Regulator published a consultation on proposed changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice around data protection. With GDPR coming it is of course a hugely important area, and one where there has been a lot of debate and discussion.
The Code of Fundraising Practice is, and has always been, an evolving set of standards that should be regularly reviewed and revised where needed to adapt to the changing environment. It’s an essential part of ensuring excellent fundraising practice which builds public trust and confidence from donors and enables charities to raise the income that is vital to deliver their objectives.
Stephanie Siddall, IoF's Policy Manager, provides a round up of some recent news and developments and what we’ve been working on; from incoming changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme to the Fundraising Regulator's consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice.
Following the joint regulatory event in Manchester yesterday, IoF Head of Policy and Research Daniel Fluskey gives us his take on the 10 key areas.
Tomorrow, on Tuesday 21st February in Manchester, a joint regulatory event will be held by the Information Commissioner’s Office, Fundraising Regulator, and Charity Commission.
Today the Fundraising Regulator has published its first consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice. Covering issues around trustee duties, monitoring of third parties, vulnerable people, and others this is the first time that charities, fundraising organisations, and the public will have their chance to inform the Regulator of their views and ideas on the rules that fundraisers are held accountable to.
It hardly needs repeating – fundraisers have had a difficult year. The media spotlight has been intense and the political response has been rapid and robust. There is a widespread understanding among fundraisers and charities that things need to change.
Since the publication of the review of fundraising regulation, an area which has sparked particular attention, interest, and discussion is the recommendation for the new fundraising regulator to establish a ‘fundraising preference service’. The Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson has championed the idea and a working group will be set up to review and consider what the new regulator should implement.