|Predecessor||Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB)|
|Purpose||Regulation of fundraising|
|Headquarters||Eagle House 167 City Road London EC1V 1AW|
It was established on 7 July 2016, replacing the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB). The Regulator developed from recommendations made by the cross-party Review of fundraising regulation chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington in September 2015.
The Fundraising Regulator is funded through a voluntary levy on charities spending £100,000 or more each year on fundraising. Other charities outside the levy can register to demonstrate their commitment to the fundraising standards by paying an administrative charge of £50 a year.
From March 2018, charities in Northern Ireland were able to register with the Fundraising Regulator.
In October 2017 the Fundraising Regulator amended the code to give more privacy to volunteers who deal with static collection boxes.
A consultation aimed at improving the accessibility of the code ran from 10 September 2018 to 16 November 2018. On 6 June 2019 the Fundraising Regulator published an updated version of the code which came into effect on 1 October 2019.
The Fundraising Regulator investigates complaints about fundraising where these cannot be resolved by the organizations themselves. It does so by considering whether the fundraising organization has complied with the code. It deals with complaints about fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and fundraising in Scotland where it is carried out by charities registered primarily with the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
In October 2018 the Board of the Fundraising Regulator decided to name organizations it investigated from 1 March 2019. The first set of 10 named investigation summaries was issued in September 2019.
The Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) is a service run by the Fundraising Regulator that allows members of the public to request charities stop contacting them by email, telephone, post and/or text message with fundraising requests. People can make a request on behalf of someone else if they have their authority to do so.
In March 2019 the Fundraising Regulator named for the first-time charities it was acting against for breaching the FPS. It also announced charities would have 21 days to act on suppression requests made through the FPS.
At its annual meeting in November 2019 the Fundraising Regulator announced a formal review of the FPS to be conducted in 2020.
The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) was established in 2007 as the independent self-regulatory scheme for fundraising in the UK. The FRSB regulated charity compliance with standards applying to different types of fundraising activity in England and Wales set out in a Code of Fundraising Practice compiled by the Institute of Fundraising. The Fundraising Regulator replaced the FRSB following the review of fundraising self-regulation in 2015. The FRSB announced its closure on 10 November 2016.
The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association oversaw door to door and street fundraising where a fundraiser asks someone to make a regular donation to a charity by direct debit. The Fundraising Regulator assumed the PFRA’s regulatory powers following the review of fundraising self-regulation in 2015. The PFRA merged with the Institute of Fundraising in August 2016.
In 2011, the UK government appointed Lord Hodgson to conduct a review of the Charities Act 2006. The review identified that the self-regulatory system of fundraising in the UK was “confused” with three bodies involved; the Institute of Fundraising, the FRSB and the PFRA.
Former Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Sir Stuart Etherington chaired a review into the self-regulation of charity fundraising in 2015 with a cross-party review panel of three peers; Lord Leigh of Hurley, Baroness Pitkeathley and Lord Wallace of Saltaire.
The review recommended: