The Fundraising Regulator says that 1,208 organisations have so far paid into the second round of its fundraising levy.
The Fundraising Regulator began the process of invoicing charities for its Levy Year 2 in September last year. Since that time, the regulator said 1,208 organisations have paid, while 508 have so far yet to contribute.
Of those 508 organisations, the regulator said 95 have committed to pay, 23 have refused and 17 are in negotiation. The remaining 368 charities “have not thus far responded”. The regulator said that “several organisations that have not paid in Levy Year 1 have paid in Levy Year 2”.
For the first year of the levy, 1,408 organisations in total contributed to the Fundraising Regulator. The first round of the levy raised around £1.8m in total, which was hundreds of thousands of pounds short of the £1.96m minimum annual budget the Fundraising Regulator said it needed to operate effectively.
A spokesman for the Fundraising Regulator said the £1.96m was an "accounting forecast rather than a target". The Fundraising Regulator downgraded this forecast to £1.8m in June 2017. The spokesman said the regulator's £1.8m budget last year enabled it to "deliver effective regulation".
Public register update
The regulator has also today announced the launch of an updated public register. The updated register now “states whether an organisation is a ‘Registered Charity’ or ‘Levy Paid’, to differentiate between smaller fundraising charities completing registration and larger organisations that are within the scope of the regulator’s levy”, according to the Fundraising Regulator.
Those larger organisations within the scope of the fundraising levy will now be listed on the public register as ‘Levy Unpaid’ if they have yet to contribute, which the regulator said will “allow members of the public to identify the charities supporting the independent regulation of fundraising across the sector”.
Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, said: “These updates to the Public Register directly respond to feedback from the sector urging us to increase transparency regarding payment of the fundraising levy.
“We would like to thank the organisations that have committed to supporting the work we do with them to improve fundraising standards and increase public confidence in the sector”.
Editor's note: This article has been amended to show that the £1.96m budget figure sighted as a target was in fact an "accounting forecast" made by the Fundraising Regulator, and that it's £1.8m budget enables it to deliver effective regulation.