Fundraising Regulator unveils revised Code of Practice

Written by David Adams

The Fundraising Regulator has launched a revised version of the Code of Fundraising Practice, to come into effect in October 2019.

The revised version is designed to be easier for fundraisers, charities, third party organisations and the public to both understand and use.

Changes include the use of jargon-free language throughout and a restructure of the standards into three sections, so users can identify standards that apply to general fundraising, to fundraising when working with others; and to specific fundraising methods.

The new Code also clarifies differences between the law as it applies to fundraising in England and Wales, in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.

Complaints made to the regulator will continue to be considered against the version of the code in effect at the time of the incident to which the complaint relates, with the new code used as the basis for consideration of incidents taking place from October onwards.

The regulator’s website is being redeveloped to help online navigation of the new code and will be relaunched when the new version of the code comes into force in October. The revision and relaunch of the code follows a consultation process completed in Autumn 2018.

“The code of Fundraising Practice is key to charitable institutions and fundraisers as they develop their fundraising strategies, training, policies and activities,” Fundraising Regulator’s Standards Committee chair, Suzanne McCarthy said.

“We have listened to the sector and have developed a code that can be used confidently and with ease to help charities in meeting their responsibilities to the public.”

The new code can be downloaded here.

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