Review of fundraising self-regulation

NCVO's chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington led a review into the self-regulation of charity fundraising over the summer of 2015.

The review took evidence from stakeholders in order to identify what changes are required to rebuild public trust in fundraising by charities.

The review panel engaged widely, holding dozens of meetings and receiving hundreds of pages of feedback from over 100 organisations from the voluntary sector and elsewhere.

There was a broad consensus that the current system of self-regulation is not working.

The review panel consisted of:

  • Sir Stuart Etherington (chair)
  • Lord Leigh of Hurley
  • Baroness Pitkeathley
  • Lord Wallace of Saltaire.

For more information, see our press release, Tough new fundraising regulator to ensure high standards – review. You can also download the full report (PDF, 630kb) and read more background in Stuart's blog post ‘Regulating fundraising for the future’.

What happened next

The recommendations of the fundraising review have led to the Fundraising Regulatorupdated guidance for trustees from the Charity Commission and an updated code of practice.

In 2016 we published further recommendations on Charities' relationships with donors (pdf, 365kb). Read our head of policy, Elizabeth Chamberlain's blog about the report and recommendations.

The future of fundraising self-regulation

This event took place on 4 December 2015

The meeting provided an overview of the latest developments concerning the regulation of fundraising, and outlined next steps for the implementation of the recommendations made in the report Regulating Fundraising for the Future.

Watch a recording of the event below. 


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