NEWS IN FOCUS: HOT ISSUES - Should face-to-face fundraising be regulated by the Government?

ADRIAN SARGEANT, Henley Management College

NO - Face-to-face fundraising is one of the most misunderstood and maligned of all the tools currently at a fundraiser's disposal. The method appeals to a younger, well-off audience, in many cases charity virgins. Such individuals represent a significant part of the future of charitable giving. We also know from research that these individuals are very satisfied with the process of being recruited in this way. There is thus no basis for the Government to interfere in this medium.

ANDREW WATT, head of Policy, Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers

NO - Face-to-face fundraising is just one technique among many. Therefore, the question we really need to ask is "should fundraising be regulated by the Government?

The feedback that ICFM gets supports a structured form of self-regulation: that it would be more effective than direct regulation from government. The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, which regulates face-to-face fundraising, has already proved that self-regulation can work.

RICHARD RADCLIFFE, chairman, legacy specialists, Smee %26 Ford

YES - If donors are to trust charities then they must see that independent regulation is in place and working. In this way, the whole sector benefits - donors, users and fundraisers. To the public, government regulation will have greater clout than any self-regulation. Research shows that disenchantment with charities centres on face-to-face fundraising in the street. This is leading to legacies being taken out of wills as fast as they are being included.

JAMES HALE, PR manager, Personal Fundraising Partnership

NO - There is currently a lot of activity being undertaken by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association to ensure that charities using this fundraising medium, agency "providers", local authority "gatekeepers", and regulatory "stakeholders

come together to find acceptable solutions. Those with interests in this highly successful medium have worked well together so far, so it would be unfortunate if legislation were to reduce this important income stream for charities.

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