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NI Charity Commission launches briefing paper on fundraising regulation

NI Charity Commission launches briefing paper on fundraising regulation

The Charity Commission for has published a briefing paper which aims to support charities in understanding how proposed changes to fundraising could affect them.

Tom McGrath, Northern Ireland’s Chief Charity Commissioner commented:

“Charity fundraising, a vital aspect of many charities’ activities, is largely regulated by the sector itself, a system known as self-regulation.

“However, this system is currently being reviewed with the aim of developing a less complex and more effective system, which will help to reaffirm public trust and confidence in charity fundraising practices.

“We have produced a short briefing paper to help charities, donors, fundraisers and members of the public understand the proposed changes, and the impact they may have on how charities fundraise.”

The proposed changes, which are analysed in detail in the Commission’s Review of fundraising regulation briefing paper include:

  • creating a new fundraising regulator responsible for setting and enforcing a single code of practice, and adjudicating on fundraising complaints
  • establishing a system of co-regulation, involving enhanced self-regulation overseen by the new regulator working with statutory regulators such as the Commission
  • creating a which could allow members of the public to opt out of fundraising communications.

Copies of the briefing paper can be found on the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland‘s website.


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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.

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