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Public administration and constitutional affairs committee fundraising report - NCVO comment

Commenting on the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee report, 'The 2015 charity fundraising controversy: lessons for trustees, the Charity Commission, and regulators', Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, and chair of the review of fundraising self-regulation, said:

I am pleased the committee have backed the proposals we made in the review of fundraising self-regulation. I believe they are a proportionate and effective way to give the public confidence that charities are taking their responsibility to operate to high standards seriously.

I very much agree with the committee that governance and the role of trustees in fundraising is an area for charities to give attention to. It is crucial that charities’ fundraising operations reflect their values just as much as other areas of their work do.

While the Charity Commission rightly has a role to play in ensuring that charities are well-governed generally, it is important that we do not lose sight of the principle of self-regulation in fundraising on which everyone is agreed. I am not persuaded for this reason that it is appropriate for the Fundraising Regulator to report to a government body. I continue to believe a reporting line to parliament is more fitting for a self-regulator. The Fundraising Regulator will also cover bodies other than charities, such as universities, which are not regulated by the Charity Commission.

‘The Fundraising Preference Service working group are currently developing operational plans for the service. They will ensure that it works well for charities of all sizes while meeting the public expectation that there is a simple way to deal with a situation where they or a relative feel they receive an unmanageable volume of fundraising requests.

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