Etherington publishes a list of questions for his review of fundraising self-regulation

The chief executive of the NCVO has been asked by the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, to report back by mid-September

Sir Stuart Etherington
Sir Stuart Etherington

Sir Stuart Etherington, the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, has published a list of questions for organisations and individuals that want to take part in his review of fundraising self-regulation.

Earlier this month Etherington was asked by Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, to lead a review of the self-regulation of fundraising and present his recommendations in September. Wilson’s move came after a number of negative articles appeared in the national media about charity fundraising methods.

The consultation document poses a number of questions, including "what changes, if any, do you believe should be made to the current self-regulatory structure?"

In the consultation invitation, Etherington admits "we have been set a very short timescale for this task" and clarifies that he has been asked to report "by mid-September".

Organisations are being asked to respond to the consultation by 14 August.

The consultation questions

1 What do you consider to be the strengths and weaknesses of the current self-regulatory set up? Do you believe self-regulation continues to be an appropriate approach to regulating fundraising?

2 What do you consider to be the strengths and weaknesses of the bodies currently involved in self-regulation?

3 What changes, if any, do you believe should be made to the current self-regulatory structure?

4 What do you consider the most effective ways to ensure coverage of and compliance with a self-regulatory regime?

5 How could it best be ensured that a future self-regulatory system is adequately resourced?

6 Which charities should be covered by self-regulation? Should there be a threshold for fundraised income before membership of a self-regulatory body is expected? If so, where would you set this threshold?

7 Should additional measures be put in place to monitor or regulate operational fundraising agencies, such as call centres? If so, what should these be?

8 Do you have views on how to ensure charities adhere to high standards in public fundraising, other than through formal regulatory structures?

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