16 July 2012
FRSB Welcomes Lord Hodgson’s Recommendations to Strengthen and Build Fundraising Self-Regulation
The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) welcomes Lord Hodgson’s Review of the Charities Act 2006, in which recommendations are made to strengthen and grow the existing self-regulatory scheme for fundraising.
Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the FRSB says:
“Lord Hodgson’s Review is a strong and positive step forward in ensuring the UK has a transparent and accountable charity sector underpinned by robust self-regulation, driving up standards and building public trust. The past five years have shown that there is a real appetite for self-regulation of fundraising, both within the charity sector and amongst the public. We welcome these new recommendations, which set out a clear path for strengthening the scheme, ensuring the public can give to the good causes they care about with confidence.
“The focus is on growing the sector’s commitment to self-regulation, with greater incentives for fundraising organisations to commit to the high standards required of FRSB membership and tighter sanctions for those that fail to comply. Establishing a Standing Committee to drive forward fundraising regulation is a key move that would accelerate change and ensure greater cohesion amongst regulators and trade bodies.
“The need to simplify the regulatory landscape for fundraising is clear and can only be achieved by more joined up working with regulators within and beyond the sector, as well as the Institute of Fundraising as standards setter and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association for face-to-face fundraising. We are committed to developing these relationships and will seek meetings with all relevant parties as soon as possible.”
Self-regulation of fundraising, run by the FRSB, was first launched in February 2007. To date, more than 1,420 charities and suppliers are signed up to the FRSB, raising around half of all voluntary income raised in the UK. Member organisations are committed to fundraising best practice, transparency and accountability, reporting complaints to the regulator. Charities display the ‘give with confidence’ tick mark on appeals.
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