More guidance and legislation on fundraising

The House of Commons committee which is holding a short inquiry into fundraising in the charitable sector held a third session this week. See reporting by Civil Society News, including some info on how the new fundraising regulator may be set up.

At the session, the Minister for Civil Society said that reserve powers will be added to charities legislation to give government powers to force charities to sign up to a fundraising self-regulator, and to introduce a statutory regulator if necessary.

NCVO’s chief executive made various other interesting responses to questioning. As collated in our Storify, “trustee term limits are a good thing”, and there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be enshrined in law. Also: “public trust is charities used to be 9/10…it’s gone down to 7/10. If fundraising co-regulation a success, that will go up”. He would like the new fundraising regulator to have same profile as the ASA.

The Charity Commission has also said this week that its guidance on fundraising would be revamped “to make it stronger and more impactful as to what exactly trustees’ responsibilities are”. A consultation on this would take place “before the end of the year”. Again see Civil Society News for more.