How is fundraising by charitable bodies in the United Kingdom Regulated – the Fundraising Standards Board and the Fundraising Promise  

Self-regulation for charitable fundraising in the United Kingdom

Since 2007 the regulation of charitable fundraising in the United Kingdom has been achieved through a process of self-regulation.

What is meant by self-regulation?

Self-regulation is a process whereby the institutions which undertake a certain activity are able to regulate themselves by creating a specific body from within the industry which will be in charge of the regulation of the industry and the creation of certain codes which must be followed by all of the individuals involved in the particular industry.

How does the self-regulation of charitable fundraising in the UK work?

The principle behind the introduction of self-regulation of charitable fundraising in the UK is to allow fundraising organisations to demonstrate best practice, to eliminate poor practice and to increase public trust in the voluntary and community sector.

What is the reason for self-regulation of charitable fundraising in the UK?

Self-regulation of charitable fundraising in the UK enables charities to consistently demonstrate high standards across the UK, enabling charities to visibly demonstrate their commitment to best practice by using a logo established by the Fundraising Standards Board (FSRB) and therefore enable themselves to build upon trust and confidence displayed by the public towards those charities.

What are the key parts to the concept of self-regulation?

There are three key parts to the concept of self-regulation for charitable fundraising in the UK, they are as follows:

  1. The Fundraising Standards Board
  2. The Fundraising Promise
  3. The Codes of Fundraising Practice

Members of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) are required to make a Fundraising Promise and are required to adhere to the Codes of Fundraising Practice.

The Fundraising Standards Board

What is the Fundraising Standards Board?

The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) is an independent body which has been established in order to introduce and operate the self-regulation of fundraising in the UK.

What is the role of the Fundraising Standards Board?

The role of the Fundraising Standards Board is to encourage charities and other organisations which are involved in fundraising to become members of the self-regulation scheme. Furthermore the Fundraising Standards Board will ensure that all of its members commit to the highest fundraising standards and that they have in place a robust complaints procedure – both of these aspects are designed to increase public confidence in the bodies undertaking fundraising in the UK.

What conditions must all members of the Fundraising Standards Board adhere to?

All members of the Fundraising Standards Board must adhere to the following conditions:

  • They must follow the Codes of Fundraising Practice
  • They must display the FRSB tick – the tick must be used on all fundraising material enabling people to understand they are a member of the FRSB instilling the requisite confidence in the general public
  • They must tell the public about the fundraising promise
  • They must be ready to handle complaints – this will be done by having the requisite complaints procedure in place

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For more information on:

  • The Fundraising Promise
  • What is the Fundraising Promise?
  • Commitment to high standards
  • Being honest and open
  • Being clear
  • Being respectful
  • Being fair and reasonable
  • Being accountable