How fundraising is regulated

Fundraising is regulated by the Fundraising Regulator – an independent, non-statutory body that regulates fundraising across the charitable sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

They set and maintain the standards for charitable fundraising in the Code of Fundraising Practice to ensure that fundraising is respectful, open, honest and accountable to the public and investigate complaints from the public about fundraising (where those complaints haven’t been resolved  by the charities themselves).

The purpose of the Fundraising Regulator Rule Books are to set out the standards expected of face-to-face fundraising organisations operating on the door, street and/or private sites. These rules are binding on IoF members.

Fundraising 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.

sublanding Fundraising Compliance
Resources area to assist fundraisers with fundraising compliance
sublanding Further help
References to external resources for assistance on regulation
sublanding An introduction to the Code of Fundraising Practice
[VIDEO] Stephen Service, Policy Manager at the Fundraising Regulator, provides an overview of the Code of Fundraising Practice