Third of top 50 signed up for FSB

At least 24 of the top 50 fundraising charities, or 48 per cent, have not signed up to the Fundraising Standards Board's self-regulatory scheme, a Third Sector survey has found.

The scheme's public launch, planned for 10 October, was last week delayed until January 2007 because not enough charities have joined (Third Sector, 6 September). Fewer than 100 organisations have so far signed up.

Several survey respondents indicated that they intend to join once the final version of the Donors' Charter - a set of 10 promises that FSB members must commit to and promote - is published on 10 October. Scope, British Red Cross and the Royal Opera House are among the charities that plan to join soon.

Louise Jagger, head of voluntary fundraising at Scope, said: "We welcome self-regulation. The long consultation process for the Donors' Charter means it feels 'owned' by the sector. It feels like we're getting close to self-regulation."

At least 15 of the top 50 charities, or 30 per cent, have joined the FSB. However, four prominent names - Dogs Trust, Christian Aid, World Vision and Islamic Relief - said they had no immediate plans to join.

Two charities - Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance and Westminster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust - said they had no intention of joining. A spokesperson for the trust said: "It's not for us - it doesn't relate to how we fundraise."

Jon Scourse, director of the FSB, admitted that the original timetable was "probably ambitious".

He also blamed the delay on the consultation period's clash with summer holidays, but added that he was encouraged by the interest shown by charities in the consultation. "We wanted a good response and we achieved that," he said.

- The FSB's £250,000 budget for the public launch will be shared among several communications agencies, and will not be awarded entirely to the Forster Company, as reported in Third Sector last week. The Forster Company will handle the PR element of the campaign. The FSB was unable to confirm the names of the other agencies involved or how much they will be paid.

- See News Analysis, page 10

KEY POINTS

- A Third Sector survey has found that at least 24 of the top 50 fundraising charities have not signed up to the FSB's self-regulatory scheme

- The public launch of the scheme has been delayed until January 2007

- Some respondents indicated that they would join when the final version of the Donors' Charter is published on 10 October.

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