Lord Hodgson's review of the Charities Act 2006 found that the majority of those asked felt that more should be done to regulate the fundraising activities of charities and that the public is confused about the roles of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), the Institute of Fundraising (IOF) and Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA).
The current system is one of self-regulation by charities, who pay a membership fee to sign up to upholding the FRSB fundraising "promise" and publish it on their websites. The FRSB promise sets the standard for fundraising and members commit to complying with it and having a complaints procedure in place and to direct all unsatisfied complainants to the FRSB.
Andrew Studd, partner, discusses the key issues surrounding the topic.
Changes to fundraising regulation in response to Lord Hodgson's review of the Charities Act 2006 - December 2012.pdf