The Fundraising Regulator has said it will consult charities on prospective changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice in the new year, following a meeting with ‘key stakeholders’ last Wednesday.
In a statement on its website, the Fundraising Regulator said the consultation on possible changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice will take place between February and April 2017. The Regulator asked those who would “like to be added as the key contact” on its list of “stakeholders to be included in the upcoming and future consultations” to email them.
The Regulator also confirmed it had invited “several stakeholder representatives from umbrella bodies across the sector” to discuss the upcoming consultation. A number of “issues around consent” were covered – particularly in relation to the report from NCVO’s working group on consent. In addition the meeting discussed issues around soliciting donations; working with third parties and trustees.
A spokesman from the Fundraising Regulator refused to comment further on the topics discussed, or name which stakeholders had been present. He did say however the meeting was held to “further guide the Fundraising Regulator’s thinking about the consultation that it is planning to launch on the development of the Code early next year”.
IoF and Commission present at the meeting
Representatives from the Institute of Fundraising, the Charity Commission; the Charity Finance Group; the Commission on the Donor Experience; the Higher Education Funding Council for England and OSCR were all present at the meeting.
The Small Charities Coalition, Acevo and NCVO were all invited to the meeting, but were unable to attend.
A spokesman from Acevo confirmed its representative had been unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. However, the spokesman said Acevo will have its own “bespoke meeting” with the regulator in late November.
The Fundraising Regulator took control of the Code of Fundraising Practice from the Institute of Fundraising when it launched on 7 July.