Fewer than 5,000 members of the public sign up to FPS in first six months

11 Jan 2018 News

The latest update from the Fundraising Regulator shows that fewer than 5,000 members of the public have signed up to use the Fundraising Preference Service since it launched in July last year.

A spokesperson from the Fundraising Regulator told Civil Society News that 4,893 individual members of the public have made 13,843 suppression requests relating to 1,117 charities using the FPS, as of the 31 December 2017. The FPS first went live on the 6 July 2017.

As of 31 October 2017, the regulator said that more than 9,000 suppression had been made from over 3,700 individuals on the FPS in the service’s first three months.

In the first month, 2,617 individuals made 6,035 suppression requests on the FPS. The regulator said that over 1,300 of these suppression requests were made within the first 12 hours of launch. 

Regulator begins recruiting for new chief executive

The fundraising watchdog has this week posted a job ad with The Guardian advertising for a new chief executive to replace Stephen Dunmore, who is set to leave the organisation this summer.

The regulator will be taking applications for the role until 6 February 2018, and says it is looking for a “confident leader who will inspire, motivate and support staff and build strong relationships with key external stakeholders, including charities, fellow regulators, ministers and government departments”.

The offered remuneration for the role is £80,000 a year, although it says “more for outstanding candidates may be agreed”.

Dunmore has been the chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator since 3 January 2016. He originally joined the organisation in an interim capacity on a 12 month contract.

His contract has since been extended by the regulator at least twice, most recently in December when it was renewed until the summer of 2018.

The regulator also said that it had extended the contract of its current chair, Lord Michael Grade, until Christmas 2018. A spokesman said the process of recruiting Grade’s replacement will begin later this year. 


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