Coronavirus: Charities advised to reflect seriously on public fundraising operations

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The Chartered Institute and Fundraising Regulator advise all charities to reflect seriously on whether to continue public fundraising due to the increased health risk.

Following the government’s advice on social distancing, the IoF and Fundraising Regulator advise all charities to reflect seriously on whether to continue public fundraising (Face to face, door to door and private site) due to the increased health risk to the population at large, as well as to fundraisers and volunteers. A thorough risk assessment should be carried out, and any decision to continue public fundraising should be documented and made at the most senior level.

We give this advice in the context of the government’s guidance, as well as following concerns raised to both the IoF and Fundraising Regulator by members of the public, and with a view to the maintaining the reputation of charities and charitable fundraising as a whole.

The Fundraising Regulator and the IoF passionately believe in the generosity of the British public and know that public fundraising will have a large role to play in the future of charitable giving across the UK. We will do all we can to make sure the sector is supported to recommence this hugely important work in the future.

The IoF is taking active steps to do all we can to help support the public fundraising sector and our members, both charities and agencies, at this uniquely difficult time. We have already:

In addition, the IoF will be taking the following steps: 

The Fundraising Regulator will be publishing practical advice over the coming days and weeks to ensure the sector is supported as the situation develops. Charities should get in touch with the Regulator if they need further guidance.

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