Keeping fundraising safe

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This page provides an introduction to safeguarding and provides key questions every charity should consider. It also links to further guidance.

What you need to do to help keep fundraising safe.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the approach, or actions taken, in order to protect people from potential harm.

Keeping people safe is vital for every fundraising organisation. Regardless of the core focus of your charitable mission or objective, the Charity Commission’s safeguarding strategy underlines that safeguarding is always a priority. 

For fundraising, this means thinking about what reasonable steps could be taken to safeguard employees, volunteers, beneficiaries and supporters. If your organisation works with children, young people or adults in vulnerable circumstances, you will likely have more rigorous safeguarding requirements than others and there are some specific rules and standards within the Code of Fundraising Practice for doing so. 

When it comes to safeguarding, nobody can afford to turn a blind eye. We all have a duty to consider how we can help protect those we come into contact with. This is not only about protecting those at risk of harm and abuse, but promoting a positive, supportive and accountable culture that nurtures the general health, safety and wellbeing of all those we work with. Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising 

Although it is critical that all trustees, employees and volunteers seek to protect beneficiaries, this mini guide focuses on safeguarding in relation to fundraising, rather than charity’s interaction with beneficiaries. 


Safeguarding will mean something different to each and every charity, depending on the different audiences you work with, the focus of your work, who you work with and how you fundraise. This is a short summary of the key questions you many need to consider to keep your fundraising safe:

Key questions to consider

Further resources for support

There’s a wide range of guidance and information (much of it freely available) to help you in this area. Below are just a few that we’ve picked out that can help charities in this area for further reading and more information: 

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