6,305 suppression requests made in first month of FPS

07 Aug 2017 News

The Fundraising Regulator has revealed that 6,305 suppressions requests have been made since the Fundraising Preference Service launched last month.

The regulator said that the suppressions, which are requests to cease communications from one particular charity, were made from 2,617 people.

The FPS launched a month ago yesterday, on 6 July.

The first 1,312 suppression requests were made in the 12 hours directly following the launch of the FPS, meaning the rest of the month has seen an average of 166 requests made a day.

The FPS, run by the Fundraising Regulator, enables members of the public to block phone, email, text and mail communications from named charities. It is available online or by phone and individuals can use it on behalf of a friend or relative.

Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, said: “The launch of the FPS was an important moment for the Fundraising Regulator and a significant step in re-building trust between the sector and the public. The service allows the public to have greater control of which charities contact them and by what means. Despite being only one month old, the rapid uptake by the general public has shown that is a service individuals both need and want.

“Although the numbers indicate there is still some way to go in terms of charities’ communications with individuals, we are encouraged by the progress that is being made by the charity sector in ensuring that fundraising is ethical and transparent. We look forward to continuing to work closely with charities and, as always, greatly appreciate their cooperation and positive response to the introduction of FPS.”


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