Standards

The Code of Fundraising Practice outlines the standards expected of all charitable fundraising organisations across the UK. The standards were developed by the fundraising community through the work of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and Public Fundraising Association (PFRA).

In 2015, a Review of Fundraising Regulation chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington identified a need for responsibility for the Code of Fundraising Practice and the public fundraising Rule Books to be transferred to a new Fundraising Regulator to safeguard the independence of fundraising regulation.

The Code and the Rule Books were formally transferred to the Fundraising Regulator at its launch on 7th July 2016. Decisions on changes to the Code are made by the Fundraising Regulator’s Standards Committee in consultation with fundraising stakeholders.

On the 1st October 2019, the Fundraising Regulator published a new version of the Code of Fundraising Practice. The public fundraising rulebooks were incorporated into the new Code as part of the refresh.

In order for the Institute of Fundraising to be able to continue its work improving standards in public fundraising, a new set of Rulebooks have been established. The three new Rulebooks include all of the relevant standards within the Code that apply to Door to Door, Private Site and Street regular giving fundraising. 

Please note that the Private Site and Door to Door Rulebooks also include guidance from the Gambling Commission which is relevant for lottery fundraising. 

Public Fundraising Rules for Door to Door (direct debit & lottery) - October 2019 - download

Public Fundraising Rules for Private Sites (direct debit & lottery) - October 2019 - download

Public Fundraising Rules for Street (regular giving) - October 2019 - download

 

 

Find out more on:

Charities Act 2016 and 2011

Due Diligence and risk

Penalty Points System

Mystery Shopping and Compliance

No Cold Calling Zones and stickers

Door to Door fundraising

Street fundraising

Scotland and Northern Ireland

Solicitation Statement

National Exemption Orders