Bid to amend Bill fundraising rules

The last round of amendments to the Charities Bill, announced just before it was scuttled by the General Election, would have introduced stricter requirements for fundraisers to give information to donors.

The Institute of Fundraising is now working to ensure that the changes remain on the agenda so that progress can continue as soon as the next Parliament is in place.

The Bill already included a provision requiring professional fundraisers to say they were paid and how much it would cost the charity. The amendments would have required any charity employee or trustee paid to fundraise for an organisation to tell donors that fact. They would also have had to state the names of the institutions and, if more than one was involved, the proportions of benefit passed on.

Andrew Watt, head of policy and deputy chief executive at the institute, explained that the proposed measures would help the public distinguish between volunteers and employees.

He said: "The amendments recognised the need for greater clarity around the payment of all fundraisers running public collections."

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