Number of charities public can block via FPS will increase to ten this year 

20 Oct 2021 News

The number of charities people will be able to suppress in one hit using the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) will increase to ten later this year.  

Since the Fundraising Regulator launched the service people have been able to use it to inform up to three charities at a time that they no longer wish to hear from them. 

Gerald Oppenheim, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, was speaking at the Westminster Social Policy Forum yesterday, where he mentioned the upcoming change. 

“We know that [being limited to three charities] is frustrating for some members of the public,” he said. 

Furthermore Oppenheim said that charities have now “got to grips” with how the FPS system works, with most comfortable logging in and acting on suppressions. 

The move was recommended by a review of the service last year and a spokesperson confirmed that the regulator plans to implement the change in the next couple of months. 

Last year’s external review made nine key recommendations, all of which the regulator said it would take forward. 

These recommendations include: 

  • Reducing the cost of the FPS
  • Guidance for charities for when people who aren’t on their database make a request 
  • Clearer information to the public about how and when to complain 
  • Encouraging charities to promote the service to people who are vulnerable 
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