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September news

September marks the start of a new financial year for the Fundraising Regulator and we are busy finalising our business plan and strategy for 2019-20. This month, we will also publish the first batch of summaries naming charities that we investigate, which brings our investigation work in line with that of other regulators and ensures we are transparent in our investigations process.

With just two weeks to go before the new Code of Fundraising Practice comes into effect on 1 October 2019, your organisation should be making final preparations for implementation. I look forward to engaging with the sector at events in the coming year and finding out about how the new code has been received.

Gerald Oppenheim,
Chief Executive

Make final preparations for the new code

The new Code of Fundraising Practice comes into effect on 1 October 2019. To help with the transition, we have produced a mapping document and deletions and mergers logs to show where old rules and sections have moved to. 

Naming organisations that we investigate

Today we publish 10 investigation summaries in a new format which includes naming charities that we investigate. We have included more detail than in previous summaries with the aim of making them more useful for the public and the organisations we regulate. Read our Head of Casework, Catherine Orr’s blog which sets out why we are naming charities we investigate.

The ICO on Data Protection: 5 ways to build supporter trust

Since the introduction of new data protection law in 2018, individuals have become increasingly aware about how organisations use their personal data. Richard Sisson, Senior Policy Officer at the Information Commissioner’s Office, reflects on data protection essentials for charities and ways to build supporter confidence. Read the blog on our website.

Statement by the Fundraising Regulator about notices and correspondence issued by "Compounding Action" and "Fundraising Bureau of Investigations"

The Fundraising Regulator is aware that Compounding Action and an entity named Fundraising Bureau of Investigations Ltd have been issuing notices to registered charities and non-charitable bodies such as supermarkets, claiming that the notices are issued in conjunction with the Fundraising Regulator and the Charity Commission. Please read the full statement on our website for further information.

Strengthening our presence in Northern Ireland

We have strengthened our presence in Northern Ireland by contracting a dedicated Northern Ireland Manager Joanne McDowell who joined us at the start of this month. 

Joanne is an excellent addition to our team and brings a wealth of sector knowledge and understanding. Her part-time contract is an important step in our commitment to strengthen our team in Northern Ireland and work with charities to ensure their fundraising continues to be carried out to high standards.

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.

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 Finance Conference 2019

Join our Chief Executive Gerald Oppenheim, the DCMS and the Charity Commission at the Voluntary Finance Conference on 20 November 2019 for insights on the latest strategies and guidance for enhancing financial management and operational performance across your organisation.

Receive a 15% discount through the Fundraising Regulator by quoting ‘FR-VF19’ when booking. Contact or call 0203 770 6672 to secure your place.

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