Scottish review of fundraising regulation launches

The informal review of fundraising in Scotland, which the Scottish Government called on the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations to undertake, has now been launched. It will seek to assess whether or not the current system of public charity fundraising self-regulation is working.

The review, which will report back by the end of August, will be led by a reference group made up of third sector representatives and will also include a survey on views about fundraising among members of the public, charities with an interest in the sector’s reputation, charities who fundraise and professional fundraisers.

With “high-profile media reports of poor fundraising practice south of the border are damaging the strong reputation which charities rely on to attract donations and volunteers”

The review will consider what reasonable steps can be taken to strengthen public trust, put a stop to any bad practice and make sure that giving to charity is a positive experience for people in Scotland.

See more in SCVO news release, or direct to their ‘review of fundraising briefing‘. A survey to gather wider input is due to go live in the week commencing 3rd August.

UPDATE: Additional SCVO piece ‘Why we’re having a fundraising review‘ has a link to the survey, or direct to survey monkey.

Also see our earlier news item on the fundraising review south of the border, led by NCVO’s chief executive, which has a heads-up on the Scottish version.