Charities’ views sought on Code of Fundraising Practice 

07 Oct 2022 News

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The Fundraising Regulator is carrying out a two-year process of updating the Code of Fundraising Practice, and is currently seeking views on how it could be improved.

It is inviting feedback from anyone with relevant knowledge of charitable fundraising including donors, charitable institutions, and legal experts.

The regulator is seeking information on how the code can be updated, and respondents are free to comment on any aspect of the code by 25 November.

Some of the suggested areas are around which parts of the code work well, or any parts of the code that contain overly prescriptive or unnecessary standards.

‘We want to hear how the code can be improved’

Paul Winyard, policy manager at the Fundraising Regulator, wrote in a blog: “It’s important that the code review is based on evidence and takes account of the views of those who have an interest in the outcome. 

“We want to hear how the code can be improved so that it sets a proportionate, future-proof framework that protects donors and the public. At the same time, we want to avoid unnecessary constraints on fundraisers.”

Winyard and his team will develop proposals for updating the code that take account of the feedback gathered through the call for information and wider information gathering process. 

Once the team has developed proposals for updating the code, they will conduct a 12-week public consultation on any potential changes in autumn 2023.

The regulator is asking respondents to email any feedback by 5pm on Friday 25 November 2022. It will not publish responses in full, and will summarise the feedback it receives and share this anonymously on its website.

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