The Fundraising Regulator was established in January 2016, following widespread public and media concern about how charities contact potential donors.
Over the summer of 2015, Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations led a Government-commissioned review into the self-regulation of charity fundraising. The review took evidence from stakeholders in order to identify what changes are required to rebuild public trust in fundraising by charities.
The Government accepted the review’s recommendations in full. These included:
A new single regulator should be established to investigate poor fundraising practice and assume the role of setting standards (the “Code of Fundraising Practice”).
The new regulator should have strong links with the Charity Commission, and with the Information Commissioner’s Office in order to ensure that charities followed its rules.
A new Fundraising Preference Service (“FPS”) should be created that would enable the public to opt out of fundraising communications.