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Fundraisers urged to be cautious over Covid risk in new guidance from regulator and CIoF

22 Jul 2021 News

The Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIoF) have suggested charities take “a cautious approach”, in new guidance following the loosening of coronavirus restrictions.

This week most Covid-19 restrictions came to an end in England, yet the regulator and CIoF are advising that fundraisers approach their fundraising activities safely. 

“We remind organisations that the virus has not gone away and therefore careful planning and risk assessments must be undertaken before carrying out any fundraising activity so that the public, donors and fundraisers are protected,” a statement reads.

It states that with the easing of some formal restrictions “comes greater focus on individual organisations to take responsibility for their own way of working”.

The two bodies have issued new guidance, which sets out a framework and five key considerations that all organisations should work into their planning process. 

“It is the responsibility of each individual organisation to consider this guidance and apply it to their work,” the statement adds.

Key considerations for fundraisers 

Although formal and legal restrictions around social distancing, limits on gatherings, and mandatory wearing of face coverings have changed, “there remain key considerations and principles which fundraising organisations should consider in their planning”.

Organisations should keep up-to-date with and follow government guidance, carry out a thorough risk assessment, identify the steps necessary to protect the public, fundraisers, and volunteers, “consider the public mood and likely feelings and preferences of supporters”, and ensure decisions made to carry out a fundraising activity are thoroughly considered and reviewed.

The regulator and CIoF aim to update its guidance in light of any further changes to government advice.

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