Public Fundraising Association

Public Fundraising Association

Unit 11, Europoint
5-11 Lavington Street
T: 020 7401 8452
F: 020 7928 2925

The Public Fundraising Association is the self-regulatory body for charities and agencies that carry out face-to-face recruitment of donors.

The PFRA was founded in response to the apparent lack of clarity in the law concerning public fundraising which became obvious during the drafting of the Institute of Fundraising Code of Practice in 1999/2000. Originally a working party, it became independent in October 2003.

The PFRA’s main aim is to ensure the fundraising conducted in public is of the highest standards. It also handles regulation of Direct Debit commitments and prospecting (face-to-face dialogue between the charity and the donor where a financial commitment is not requested at the time).

It manages street fundraising diaries on behalf of several local authorities, ensuring that member charities get a fair allocation of fundraising time.