The Fundraising Standards Board was established in 2006 and was the UK’s self-regulator for charitable fundraising in the UK. Read more about our history and see the key dates in our timeline.

History of the FRSB

We were the UK’s self-regulator for fundraising in the UK from 2006 until July 2016.  We currently have 1826. 

We were supported by the Cabinet Office, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.


The FRSB timeline


New fundraising regulator launched on 7 July

The public make 66,814 fundraising complaints to FRSB member charities in 2015


NCVO review of self-regulation published

Olive Cooke investigation report published investigation

The public make 52,389 fundraising complaints to FRSB member charities in 2014


PwC Report into the governance of the self-regulatory system published

The public make 48,432 fundraising complaints to FRSB member charities in 2013

FRSB supports ‘Charity Not Crime’ campaign

Rail companies join forces to champion safer giving


FRSB membership will now be displayed on Charity Commission Register

Government supports Lord Hodgson’s call to strengthen self-regulation and the FRSB.

A new auditing programme is launched to strengthen self-regulation.

FRSB complaints report reveals public reported 33,744 fundraising complaints in 2012.

FRSB and PFRA sign Memorandum of Understanding, detailing how all we’ll work together.


FRSB publishes first non-member investigation.The FRSB, Institute of Fundraising and PFRA clarify roles.

FRSB proposes stronger self-regulation in a submission to Lord Hodgson’s Review of the Charities Act 2006.

New code of fundraising practice introduced.

Fundraising complaints to FRSB members top 30,000.

FRSB members say self-regulation has improved public trust and confidence.


Bogus Bags campaign launched to help donors spot fraudulent charity collections.Training programme for small charities launched with the Institute of Fundraising.

New collaborative standards launched for child sponsorship.


Telephone Fundraising Symposium hosted with the Institute of Fundraising.Introduced in-depth analysis of the issues that lie behind fundraising complaints.

The first upheld adjudication was made by the FRSB Board.


New Chief Executive, Alistair McLean joins.Welsh office established.

Give with Confidence campaign launched.Membership reaches 1000.


Chief Executive, Jon Scourse, leaves FRSB after almost 3 years.Advocate membership launched for organisations that support fundraising or have an advisory role.

New fee structures introduced to make costs more equitable.


The Fundraising Standards Board is launched to the public in February.


The Fundraising Standards Board is set up, after consultation with a wide range of charitable and governmental bodies.The Chair and Chief Executive are appointed in February.

A proposal and business plan was submitted to the Government and approved.

A Steering Group is set up, led by Simon Hebditch of CAF (Charities Aid Foundation).