IPPF refuses to pay levy to Fundraising Regulator

The International Planned Parenthood Federation says most of its fundraising activity does not happen within the UK

The International Planned Parenthood Federation has refused to pay the levy to fund the Fundraising Regulator.

The IPPF does not appear on the regulator’s register of charities that have paid the voluntary levy, published yesterday, and the charity confirmed to Third Sector today that it had not paid the levy and did not plan to.

All charities that spend more than £100,000 a year on fundraising are eligible to pay a voluntary levy to fund the regulator, but 370 charities of the almost 2,000 eligible organisations contacted by the regulator have not responded to the request or have outright refused to pay.

The IPPF, which campaigns on sexual health and rights, as well as providing advice and care in 172 countries, had an income of £76m in the year to 31 December 2015, and in the same year spent £3.6m on generating voluntary income.

But it said most of that fundraising activity had not happened in the UK.

A spokesman for the IPPF told Third Sector: "In line with options provided to the IPPF, we are not paying the voluntary levy.

"The IPPF receives almost all of its funding from governments, foundations and other institutions.

"Where private individuals’ contributions are received, that’s almost entirely through a separately led team: IPPF Western Hemisphere Region, based in the United States."

Last week, Sir Stuart Etherington, the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations called for charities that do not pay to be named and shamed, and last week the regulator said it was considering doing so.

The register published yesterday includes the names of all charities that have paid the levy, as well as those charities that are not eligible to pay it but have paid an annual fee of £50 to register with the regulator. It does not include those that are eligible but haven’t yet paid.

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