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Fundraising regulation review – sector reacts

Many sector figures have lent their support to the recommendations of a review called to improve the regulation framework for fundraising.

A review panel chaired by NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington has delivered its recommendations today, headlined by a call for a new Fundraising Regulator. The regulator would be funded by a levy on fundraisers, and have greater powers to crack down on non-compliance.

The recommendations would see responsibility for the Code of Fundraising Practice removed from the Institute of Fundraising, sitting instead with a Fundraising Practice Committee within the new regulator. The committee should include an “appropriate balance” of fundraising expertise, donor and public representation, and legal expertise.

In a statement, the FRSB said it is “very disappointed” that the review calls for its closure and the establishment of a new regulator.

“For the past nine years, the FRSB has championed the interests of the public in fundraising. Our interim report published in June, following the tragic death of Olive Cooke, contained 16 recommendations for strengthening the Code of Fundraising Practice, 15 of which were accepted by the Institute of Fundraising, as announced on 21 September. This will do much to protect the interest of the UK public.

Read the rest of this article at Charity Times.