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Regulator launches new Code of Practice

By Mark Higgitt | August 1, 2017

Charities have been given between two and four months to introduce all of the changes to the Fundraising Regulator’s revised Code of Fundraising Practice, following a six-month review that sought the views of fundraisers and the public.

Six new key requirements are at the heart of the changes, which were published on Monday, July 31:

  • Charity trustees
  • The fundraising ask
  • Solicitation (disclosure) statements
  • Raising concerns about fundraising practice (whistleblowing)
  • Charity Collection Bags
  • Fundraising Agreements and monitoring third party compliance

The grace period of between two and four months to implement some of the changes – click the Further reading link below to download those details – takes account of areas where significant adjustment will be required in training and compliance monitoring processes.

The areas taking the immediate headlines are these:

Charity trustees

Trustees have been given no grace period to follow the national guidelines as set out by the Charity Commission, OSCR and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. The Fundraising Regulator's view is that organisations should already be following them


Fundraisers must explain their relationship with a charity by reading the solicitation statement before people commit to making a donation. The Regulator says it won’t enforce this until Thursday, November 30

Charity bags

Fundraisers will not be able to leave charity collection bags at houses that have signs asking them not to. The rule comes into effect on Saturday, September 30. In a change from the consultation proposals, bags can be left at houses with "no-junk-mail" signs

Vulnerable people

Fundraisers must end a fundraising ask if they have any reason to believe the person they’re speaking to could be considered vulnerable

Telephone fundraising

Telephone fundraisers must adhere to the street fundraising rule that they end a conversation immediately if requested to by the prospective donor. Charities will have two months to bring this into practice

Further reading