Charities Act 2016: New Fundraising Rules

New rules for charity fundraising came into effect on Tuesday 1st November 2016. They affect the trustees’ annual reports of larger charities that fundraise from the public, as well as the contents of the agreements that must be in place when professional fundraisers or other businesses (‘commercial participators’) raise money for charities.

The Charity Commission (‘the Commission’), the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is issuing this alert to inform fundraisers and the trustees of charities affected by the new provisions about what they have to do to comply.

In the next few weeks this alert will be sent directly to 5,500 affected charities on the Commission’s register.  They are also working with other sector bodies so that relevant information about compliance with the new rules reaches affected fundraisers and unregistered charities.

The changes are introduced by the fundraising sections of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016. They will help charities to demonstrate their commitment to protecting donors and the public, including vulnerable people, from poor fundraising practices. The new law will also help to ensure that fundraising standards form part of the agreements between charities and any commercial participators or professional fundraisers with whom they work.

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