We believe that the Code sets appropriate standards which ensure fundraising is carried out in the right way; however, we recognize the need to review it in order to accommodate new ways of fundraising. Our response highlights that our members have different views on how to approach this, whilst some would prefer a detailed Code, others are in favor of a principals-based approach.
As this two-year process progresses, we look forward to facilitating further dialogue between our members and the Regulator to ensure the views of charities of all sizes are heard.
We suggested adjusting the definition of fundraising to accommodate the different ways asking for donations legally be carried out on the street.
We welcome changes that will make it easier for fundraisers to reach new donors and improve supporter experience, including providing a list of legitimate interest activities and extension of the soft opt-in to charities.
Our response highlights requiring donors to re-opt into regular donations via text every 12 months will negatively impact donors’ experience and increase regular giving attrition rates. We also make them aware that any additional requirements relating to returning donations or protecting vulnerable consumers must align with charity law and the standards set in the Code of Fundraising Practice.
Our contribution focuses on the importance of fundraising and giving in enabling civil society to thrive so that it can do more for beneficiaries, communities, and causes. This includes understanding the social value fundraising provides by raising awareness of good cause and inspiring people to take action both by donating and volunteering.
12 March 2020
While the government ultimately decided to adjust limits to a lesser degree than our 2018 consulation response recommended, we welcome the direction of travel and are pleased the Government is taking forward measures to implement the changes. As such, we support updating the license conditions and codes of practice to reflect the changes the Government plans to implement through legislation.
28 February 2020
Our response focuses on Principle 6: Diversity and is informed by our work in this area. We welcome the focus and attention that this consultation brings to the diversity principle of the Charity Governance Code - by prioritizing this, rather than wait until the full Code review in 2023, the consultation acknowledges how important it is to good governance and effective leadership that this principle reflect best practice and understanding.
3 October 2019
Our response welcomes the focus and attention that this consultation gives to the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace and we wholly support the intention behind the proposed changes to ensure that people are fully protected, regardless of their role in an organisation or who they interact with.
Our response to the consultation is informed through engagement and feedback from our members, therefore it concentrates on the areas that members focussed on most: the proposed changes around volunteers.
3 April 2019
Our response broadly agreed with the proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), which hope to increase transparency and accountability in the sector and make charity law more consistent across the UK.
20 December 2018
Our response informs a call for views on the Direct Marketing Code, making recommendations which seek to ensure that the new code is as informative and useful as possible for both charities and fundraisers.
14 November 2018
The Fundraising Regulator consultated on a new draft of the Code, focusing on the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the proposed new draft. Our response evaluates the new draft in respect to these principles.
6 September 2018
Our response puts forward the benefits, challenges and priorities for charities in this ever-growing area of fundraising, and advocates for a regulatory system that maximizes returns to good causes and ultimately supports charitable giving and fundraising.
9 July 2018
The work of charities is therefore intrinsically ‘to do good’ for public benefit, therefore our response advocates for the view that the overriding policy for charity taxation (whether on charges charities have to pay, or on tax reliefs associated with charitable activities such as donating) should be focused on enabling the charity sector to maximise the public benefit it delivers.
21 May 2018
Our contribution to this exercise focuses on the intrinsic role of fundraising and giving in enabling civil society to thrive so that it can do more for beneficiaries, communities, and causes both at home and abroad.
Fundraising is the key that unlocks our country’s generosity and connects millions of people to causes, raising billions of pounds and bringing positive benefits for donors and supporters. Without a skilled and confident fundraising profession, and the dedication and commitment of millions of volunteers involved in fundraising, civil society would not exist as we know it, and not be able to be the civil society for tomorrow that we want and need it to be.
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