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Government review recommends new fundraising guidelines

A government-commissioned review has recommended the creation of a new register to allow people to opt out of charity contact more following concerns about aggressive fundraising tactics.

At present, the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB)  regulates standards set by fundraisers themselves, but the review found this was an “inappropriate arrangement”.

The report’s recommendations include:

  • A new regulator, provisionally called the Fundraising Regulator, would have control over the rules
  • It would be funded by a levy on charities themselves, and all charities that spend more than £100,000 a year on fundraising – about 2,000 organisations – would be expected to contribute
  • It would report to a parliamentary committee
  • The creation of a new “fundraising preference service”, overseen by the new regulator, would act as a reset button for those unhappy with the number of charities contacting them
  • Donors would give their preferences to one body and de-selected charities would be obliged to stop calling and mailing
  • Charities seriously or persistently breaching the rules would be named and shamed and could be forced to halt specific methods of fundraising until problems were resolved

Sir Stuart Etherington, from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, who led the review, said the FRSB “really doesn’t have the clout or the sanctions” to prevent bad practice.

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