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November news

Over the past month we have been preparing our annual report and accounts, which will be published soon. These will be the topic of discussion at our annual event on 18 November - I am pleased to see so many registrants and fundraising organisations will be joining us on the day. If you can’t attend and would like to submit a question for us to answer on the day, please do so by email.

This week is Trustees' Week. To highlight the great work Trustees do, Suzanne McCarthy, Chair of Depaul UK and board member of the Fundraising Regulator, has written a blog on the questions charity boards should be asking about fundraising.

Gerald Oppenheim, Chief Executive

Our annual meeting is in less than two weeks

A limited number of places are available for our annual meeting on Monday 18 November 2019, from 9.30am-12.30pm at Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH.

The event will open with speeches from our Chair, Lord Harris, and our CEO, Gerald Oppenheim, who will reflect on the past year and outline our key priorities moving forward. The second part of the event will explore building trust in fundraising in breakout sessions and a panel discussion.

Please RSVP to if you would like to be added to our reserve list.

If you are unable to attend in person you can still submit a question about our regulatory activities by emailing We will publish a summary of the event on our website afterwards.

Questions your charity's board should be asking about fundraising

Trustees’ Week - which runs this week from Monday 4 November to Friday 8 November 2019 - is a great annual campaign which showcases the important work that trustees do. The week highlights opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved with the charity sector and make a difference. 

Suzanne McCarthy, Chair of Depaul UK and board member of the Fundraising Regulator, writes about what questions your charity's board should be asking about fundraising. Read more.

Fundraising Preference Service update

Members of the public can use the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) to stop communication from charities they no longer want to hear from. Each month we publish 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. Download the latest list from our website.

Do you and your fundraising colleagues understand safeguarding, and your role in it?

Last month the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) launched a new resource to help fundraisers be part of making safeguarding a core value of every voluntary organisation.

It is part of a broader new suite of resources developed by an NCVO-led partnership of expert organisations following Government and Lottery funding. Among them is a guide, produced in consultation with the Institute of Fundraising, which will help ensure that fundraising is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

NCVO’s Elizabeth Chamberlain explains the broader suite of resources in this blog.

Charities and political campaigning

With a General Election confirmed for Thursday 12 December 2019 charities should ensure that they campaign responsibly. Chief executive of the Charity Commission, Helen Stephenson, has written a blog highlighting key guidance on campaigning and political activity for charities, and supplementary guidance on campaigning and political activity during an election period.

Guidance is also available from the Electoral Commission. In addition, the Information Commissioners Office has a draft framework code of practice for the use of personal data in political campaigning.

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