Fundraising Standards Board halts improvement programme with Painted Children

Move is prompted by more complaints against the charity, which will not be allowed to restart its FRSB membership for at least a year

Fundraising Standards Board
Fundraising Standards Board

The Fundraising Standards Board has cut short a year-long monitoring programme of a charity that it had found to be carrying out illegal street collections and said it cannot restart its FRSB membership for at least another year.

The FRSB board last year upheld complaints against Painted Children, which supports children and young mothers in Nepal, the Maldives and Bangladesh, for carrying out what were believed were illegal street collections.

At the time, the board ended the charity’s membership, but offered it a 12-month monitoring programme, starting in December. It said that if the charity complied with with regulations and best practice for a full year then the FRSB would consider reinstating its membership.

Since then, according to an FRSB statement, it has continued to receive complaints about the charity’s collections in the street and on a London underground train. The most recent of these, said the statement, provided evidence that the charity had carried out an unlicensed collection in Brixton, breaching fundraising legislation.

"Following this latest report, the FRSB board reviewed the monitoring programme and decided that the charity’s repeated breach of fundraising best practice indicated that it was not appropriate to continue," the statement said.

A spokeswoman for the FRSB said the termination of the monitoring programme meant that the charity could not become a member again for at least a year.

Colin Lloyd, chair of the FRSB, said: "We simply feel that Painted Children’s actions pose a continued threat to public confidence – the charity isn’t ready to make the commitment to best practice that FRSB membership requires."

Victoria Phillips, manager of Painted Children, said it was "extremely disappointed" with the FRSB’s decision.

"Painted Children has worked very closely with the FRSB during the time of the monitoring programme with the aim of becoming an example of good fundraising to other charities," she said. "The charity has abided by all of the requests made by the FRSB and has put in place stringent training, guidelines and procedure with regard to all fundraising."

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