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August news

Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy preparing for the new levy year and this month we are invoicing charities – so please ensure your contact details in your registered users area are correct. We have made improvements to the way we calculate contributions to be fairer for smaller charities, so you may notice a difference compared to last year. Please pay the levy promptly to demonstrate that your charity is committed to ethical and transparent fundraising.

We are also continuing to prepare for the launch of the revised Code of Fundraising Practice on our website in October. Do take a look at the mapping guides on our website to understand what’s changed and encourage your colleagues to sign up to our newsletter to be notified when the accessible online code goes live. 

Gerald Oppenheim,
Chief Executive
Charities spending over £100,000 on fundraising can pay our fundraising levy to commit to good practice and support independent regulation

A reminder to charities in the annual levy

If you’re a registered charity in England, Wales or Northern Ireland with fundraising costs of £100,000 or more, you will need to pay our annual levy to register. Paying the levy for 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020 shows that you’re serious about fundraising and means you're recognised as signed up to the Fundraising Promise in our directory. Research also shows that the public have more confidence about giving to registered bodies using our badge. Find out more good reasons to pay on our website. 

How much you pay is based on your reported fundraising expenditure. This levy year, we have added two extra bands near the bottom of the levy scale, so that smaller fundraising charities move up the scale more gradually. Read about the changes here.

Wondering what's changed in the code? Read our mapping guide for more information.

Mapping the code changes

The revised Code of Fundraising Practice will come into effect in October 2019. If you’re familiar with the previous version of the code, and want to understand what’s changed and where you can find standards in the new code, take a look at our mapping guide.

You can also find information about standards which have been merged or deleted in our deletions and mergers logs.

Fundraising Preference Service

Members of the public can use the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) to stop communication from charities they no longer want to hear from. This August marks six months since we first began publishing on our website a list of charities that have failed to access and action a FPS request and therefore breached the Code of Fundraising Practice. We're pleased to say that we've seen a 37% decrease in the number of charities on this list. Download the latest list from our website.

No deal Brexit: Transfer of data between EU countries and the UK

Do you send or receive data from an organisation based in an EU country outside of the UK?  The ICO and the Office of Civil Society are warning that in a no deal Brexit scenario, the continued free flow of personal data between the EU and the UK is not automatic. To find out what action you need to take, please find below links to the available guidance

We also have guidance on our website about data protection and the Code of Fundraising practice.

Update your contact details

Is your organisation registered with us? If so, please check that we have the right contact details. You can check and change your details by logging in to the Registered Users Area using your FR-ID number. 

Voluntary Data Conference 2019

Join us at the Voluntary Data Conference 2019 on 9 October 2019 in London for the latest insights on advancing your organisation’s data maturity. The Fundraising Regulator, DCMS, NPC and DataKindUK will be sharing the latest on effective data compliance and harnessing your data to support quality decision making. 
Receive a 15% discount through the Fundraising Regulator by quoting ‘FR-VD19’ when booking. Contact or call 0203 770 6672 to secure your place.

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