Charities urged to ‘carefully consider’ fundraising amid Queen Elizabeth II mourning period

Fundraising bodies are calling for charities to “carefully consider” their fundraising activity amid the period of national mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.

Charities are being urged to be particularly mindful of the day of the State Funeral, scheduled for September 19.

The advice to charity leaders has been issued by the Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

It covers planned events “including large scale fundraising events” as well as digital and email campaigning. Charities are urged to consider “whether it is still appropriate to post or send and being sensitive to the public mood”.

Charities raising money in areas near to Royal residences, particularly in central London and Windsor are being urged to monitor local authority advice.

Those with links to the royal family, including royal patronages, are to be advised “in due course” by the Royal Household.

Events to commemorate the late monarch should be “in line” with existing fundraising regulations.

This includes “commemorative giving”. The public is being urged to ensure they give to charities registered with the Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator.

“People may wish to pay tribute to The Queen’s remarkable legacy, by supporting one or more of the charitable causes that she championed during her lifetime,” adds the advice.

“This includes donating to one of Her Majesty’s many patronages.”

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