The Fundraising Regulator, the independent self-regulator for charitable fundraising in the United Kingdom, was launched formally on 7 July 2016.

Established following the Etherington review of fundraising self-regulation (2015), the Fundraising Regulator’s purpose is to strengthen the system of charity regulation, improve practice and restore public trust in fundraising.

The role of the Regulator is to:

  • Set and promote the standards for fundraising practice (‘the code’ and associated rulebooks) in consultation with the public, fundraising stakeholders and legislators.
  • Investigate cases where fundraising practices have led to significant public concern.
  • Adjudicate complaints from the public about fundraising practice, where these cannot be resolved by the charities themselves.
  • Operate a fundraising preference service to enable individuals to manage their contact with charities.
  • Where poor fundraising practice is judged to have taken place, recommend best practice guidance and take proportionate remedial action.

The Fundraising Regulator is governed by a 10-member non-executive Board of Directors, with a broad range of relevant experience, including of working in the charitable sector. The Board is chaired by Lord Grade of Yarmouth.  More details are available at –

New guidance for charities trustees about fundraising from the public – The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, released (June 2016) new guidance for charities trustees about fundraising from the public. Trustees have a key role in overseeing their charity’s fundraising and ensuring it reflects their charity’s values.

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