Fundraising is a key source of income for many charities and for some, it is their sole source of income. It is also an opportunity for charities to engage with members of the public on issues they care about. This relationship should be based on trust and build confidence.
In recent years, public concern about how charities ask for money, has led to a number of critical reviews and inquiries. These reviews and investigations have transformed the way in which fundraising practice is viewed and regulated across the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland. The most significant change to date being the establishment of the Fundraising Regulator. It is the responsibility of charity trustees to ensure they understand their obligations and put arrangements in place to ensure their fundraising complies with the relevant legal requirements and standards.
Fundraising for charities: A guide for charity trustees and the public is available to read and download below. It is designed to support charity trustees to understand their obligations in relation to fundraising and to direct them to relevant guidance on fundraising practice and associated issues, such as data protection.
This guidance is also aimed at members of the public and highlights, for example, key issues for the public to consider before making a donation, how to register a complaint about charity fundraising, who members of the public can complain to and what they can complain about.
CCNI EG061 Fundraising for charities - A guide for charity trustees and the public
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The Data Protection Act 1998 will soon be replaced with new legislation designed to provide a more comprehensive, modern framework for data protection in the UK, marking the biggest change to data protection law in nearly 20 years.
A new data protection bill is currently passing through the Houses of Parliament in London. This bill will incorporate the changes contained in the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will come into operation on 25 May 2018. The changes will mean new requirements for how organisations, including charities, process personal data across all functions of their organisation, including charity fundraising.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a range of general guidance and self-assessment tools to help organisations understand their obligations and prepare for the introduction of the new data protection legislation. The Commission’s fundraising guidance, above, includes key information and signposting to relevant guidance on GDPR and other key legislation impacting on charity fundraising.