IoF response to Prime Minister's statement on fundraising and protecting vulnerable people
11 July 2015
Peter Lewis, CEO of the Institute of Fundraising, welcomes the approach of the Prime Minister.
Peter Lewis said: “Charities perform a vital role in society here and abroad. Fundraising is the lifeblood of much of that activity.
The vast majority of fundraising in the UK is undertaken to the very highest standards, however it is clear from what has been exposed over the last few weeks, that some practices are totally unacceptable. Vulnerable people should never feel under pressure to donate and we are determined to put that right. We welcome any steps that will further help protect vulnerable people from unwanted or inappropriate approaches.
We also welcome the suggested review of the regulation of fundraising and look forward to working with the government and Sir Stuart to make sure it delivers a robust self-regulatory system that we can all be proud of.
It is absolutely right that Trustees should take responsibility for the fundraising activities of their charities, and we are looking forward to developing guidance on this with the Charity Commission, NCVO, ACEVO and CFG.
It is also absolutely right that charities have to take responsibility for the activities of any subcontracted agencies, and ensure those agencies behave in an appropriate and respectful way to any vulnerable or potentially vulnerable people ."