The Fundraising Regulator has launched a new Code of Fundraising Practice which will come into effect in October 2019.
The changes are designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising. The new code is also easier for the public to navigate, so that they know what to expect from ethical fundraising.
These changes follow a consultation in autumn 2018, which focused on the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the current code. The full consultation report can be found here.
Fundraisers have between now and the October 2019 effective date to familiarise themselves with the new code. Complaints will continue to be considered against the version of the code in effect at the time of the incident. This means the new code will be used as the basis for making decisions about any incidents that take place from October onwards.
The Fundraising Regulator’s website is currently being developed so that the code is easy to navigate online. The site will be re-launched when the new code comes into force.