Most Institute of Fundraising members think self-regulation should be simplified

Survey results will inform the organisation's response to Lord Hodgson's review of the Charities Act

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- This story has been corrected, please see final paragraph

Seventy per cent of Institute of Fundraising members think the existing system of fundraising self-regulation needs to be simplified.

The finding emerged through an IoF survey of members that will inform the organisation’s response to the government’s review of the Charities Act.

The review, conducted by the Conservative peer Lord Hodgson, is considering all areas of charity law, including the rules governing fundraising.

Charity fundraising is currently self-regulated by three main organisations: the IoF, the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association and the Fundraising Standards Board.

IoF members are expected to adhere to its codes of fundraising practice. The PFRA polices the IoF code on face-to-face fundraising and the Fundraising Standards Board operates as an independent public complaints system.

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said members seemed to be saying that greater clarity about the role of these bodies was needed. "There are clearly overlaps at the moment and we’re hoping to look into that," he said.

"The IoF has no formal position on these issues yet, just the results from the survey of members."

Lewis, who met Hodgson yesterday to discuss the review, added: "Everything will now need to go through our policy and advisory board, then we can come up with our proposals."

Of the 102 IoF members who responded to the survey, 82 per cent said they supported mandatory regulation.

Only 2 per cent said the Charities Act had increased levels of trust and confidence in charities and 63 per cent said it had made no difference.

Eighty per cent said the system for public charitable collections was inconsistent and needed to be standardised across the country.

- The story says 82 per cent of the 102 IoF members who responded said they supported mandatory regulation. The proportion should be 62 per cent.

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