More than 6,000 suppressions in first month of FPS

Written by Matt Ritchie

The Fundraising Preference Service has seen 6,305 suppressions from 2,617 people in its first month of operation, the regulator has said.

Launched by the Fundraising Regulator one month ago, the FPS allows members of the public to end communication with named charities. Individuals can enter a charity’s name or Charity Commission number on the FPS website, and choose the communication channels they wish to stop.

The charity is then notified of the suppression request, and can view it on the FPS portal. Individuals can report up to three charities in each request.

Fundraising Regulator chief executive Stephen Dunmore said the launch of the FPS was an important moment for the regulator. The rapid uptake of the service showed it was both needed and wanted by the public, he said.

“Although the numbers indicate there is still some way to go in terms of charities’ communications with individuals, we are encouraged by the progress that is being made by the charity sector in ensuring that fundraising is ethical and transparent,” Dunmore said. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with charities and, as always, greatly appreciate their cooperation and positive response to the introduction of FPS.”

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