Emphasising charity trustee responsibility in fundraising

The Charity Commission has revised its guidance on fundraising for charity trustees. The Commission is pushing a message that

“Trustees must take responsibility for fundraising”.

And it

makes clear that trustees have a key role to play in setting their charity’s approach to fundraising and ensuring it reflects their charity’s values. Sir Stuart Etherington’s review into the self-regulation of fundraising identified that charity trustees have too often been absent from discussions on fundraising practice or values.

Six key principles are identified to help trustees fulfil their responsibilities for fundraising:

  • Plan effectively
  • Supervise your fundraisers
  • Protect the charity’s reputation and other assets
  • Comply with fundraising law
  • Follow recognised standards
  • Be open and accountable

The guidance is in draft, and takes account of changes which will be introduced if the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill, currently before Parliament, becomes law. Comments invited by 11th February.

Read the Charity Commission news item or go direct to the consultation on the revised ‘Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties’ (CC20).