Fundraising Regulator and IoF publish new guidance to support the return to public fundraising

Fundraising Regulator and IoF publish new guidance to support the return to public fundraising

25 June 2020

New guidance on returning to fundraising activities from the Fundraising Regulator and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

The Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising (IoF) have today published two pieces of guidance to support charitable organisations to return to fundraising activities in line with social distancing requirements, as restrictions are eased across the UK.

The guidance released today covers the over-arching principles which should be applied to all fundraising methods, and specific advice on public fundraising (including street, door-to-door and private site fundraising). This guidance has been prepared in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.

The guidance intends to aid good decision making and sets out a framework for safe and responsible fundraising. It is essential that fundraising organisations consider this guidance, the nature of their activity, the location, their preparation, and undertake a full risk assessment to inform decisions. Organisations should also consider consulting with staff and volunteers before undertaking any fundraising activity.

In all cases, fundraising should only be reintroduced where it is safe to do so and provided it is in line with Government advice, and any guidance issued by the devolved administrations. The recent changes to lockdown restrictions in England mean that public fundraising may return if organisations are able to comply with this new guidance. It is important to remember that some methods of fundraising, such as community fundraising events involving large groups of people, or mass participation events, cannot safely resume under current social distancing rules.

The publication of these two pieces of guidance is the first instalment in a series from the Fundraising Regulator and IoF and we will continue to publish practical advice covering fundraising activities affected by social distancing over the weeks ahead.

Read the guidance

Priya Warner, Head of Policy at the Fundraising Regulator said: 

This guidance is intended to support the sector as they look to begin fundraising activity that they paused back in March. However, I want to be clear that public fundraising activities should only resume if it is safe to do so. It’s the responsibility of individual charities to exercise judgment about when and how to resume fundraising, and this should only be when thorough risk assessments have been carried out, and informed decisions based on each individual organisation’s unique circumstances have been made.

Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, said: 

Charities have taken a massive hit to their income due to the coronavirus pandemic, and restarting fundraising is going to be really important to keep charity services running as well as enabling the sector to play its full role in wider recovery. Public fundraising activities have been rightly on hold during lockdown, but with the return of non-essential shops and other businesses resuming activity, it is appropriate for charities to be thinking about how they can restart fundraising in a safe and responsible way. This guidance sets out the key considerations that organisations need to be thinking about as they plan their return to fundraising activities in line with social distancing requirements.

Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran said: 

This is a challenging time for many charities delivering vital services across the country and I know from my conversations with fundraisers just how important it is for public fundraising to restart safely and responsibly.

I am pleased to support this guidance which outlines key principles for charities to follow while ensuring they adhere to social distancing measures and Government advice.



Notes to Editors

About the Fundraising Regulator


  • The Fundraising Regulator is the independent regulator of charitable fundraising England, Wales and Northern Ireland and has a lead role where charities based in those three countries fundraise in Scotland. 


  • The Fundraising Regulator is a voluntary regulator and was launched on 7 July 2016, following the 2015 Cross-Party Parliamentary Review of Fundraising, chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington.


  • The Regulator is funded by a levy on charities spending more than £100,000 per year on fundraising. Other charities outside the levy can register with the Regulator by paying an administrative charge of £50 a year.


  • The Fundraising Regulator is responsible for the Code of Fundraising Practice and carries out investigations into fundraising practice which are of concern to the public. It also operates the Fundraising Preference Service and provides advice and guidance about fundraising through its enquiries service.


  • To interact with the Fundraising Regulator through social media, please tweet @FundrRegulator.


  • For further information, please contact the Fundraising Regulator press team at


About the Chartered Institute of Fundraising

  • The Chartered Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. We support fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking; and we champion and promote fundraising as a career choice.

  • We have over 6,000 individual members and over 600 organisational members who raise more than £10 billion in income for good causes every year.

  • To interact with the IoF through social media, please tweet @ioftweets.
  • For further information please contact or on 020 7840 5493.