New publication: Free FAQs published to help charities with new fundraising rules

Charities will welcome Frequently Asked Questions published by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator to help them comply with new fundraising rules in force from 1 November 2016.

The new rules apply to charities that collaborate with 'commercial participators' (ie businesses that engage in public fundraising jointly with charities) or professional fundraisers, and larger charities that have to produce audited accounts.

For all charities, the new rules require the agreements with such third parties to include provisions setting out how the third party will protect the public, including vulnerable people, from the possibility of unreasonable behaviour by the third parties, and how the charity will monitor their activities to ensure compliance.

For larger charities, the new rules require them to include information about their fundraising activities in their accounts: what fundraising they do, how they monitor commercial participators or professional fundraisers, how many complaints they have received about their fundraising, and how they protect the public, including vulnerable people, from unreasonable behaviour.

The Charity Commission has updated its guidances on Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties (CC20) and on Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials November 2016 (CC15d).

Operative date

  • Now

Recommendation

  • Check out the Frequently Asked Questions on the Fundraising Regulator's website

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