The Fundraising Regulator has made changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice’s section on static collection boxes.
In a statement the regulator said the update aims to “allow greater flexibility for charities” when determining what contact details ae appropriate to “authorise their volunteers’ static collection activities”.
Changes have been made in response to concerns from fundraisers about data protection issues around volunteers’ personal contact details being revealed to the public.
Organisers of static collections are responsible for ensuring that they have permission from the site where the collection takes place and for providing collectors with appropriate documentation confirming that they can pick up the collection from the site.
A spokesman for the regulator said: “In effect charities will have greater discretion not to force volunteers to disclose specific personal details to the public where other methods of identification can be used to show legitimacy.”
The full changes can be found here. Sections 17.2, 17.3 and 17.4 have been amended.