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?