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New legislation to regulate face-to-face fundraisers in Ireland

New legislation to regulate face-to-face fundraisers in Ireland

Face-to-face fundraisers in Ireland will soon need a garda permit to stop pedestrians and ask for donations. Currently such fundraisers are unregulated but that is set to change under the new Charities Bill.

An independent charity monitoring group is also due to be up and running by the end of the year.

Executive Director of Irish Charities Tax Research Sheila Nordon told the Irish Examiner that the public can report to the group.

“The idea is that a member of the public who is not happy with the way a charity responded (to a complaint) can escalate that complaint to the monitoring group who will look into it,” Ms Nordon said.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Research massive growth in giving.

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