PFRA's doorstep pilot is extended

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association plans to extend its doorstep compliance programme nationwide later this year.

The umbrella body has completed its London-based doorstep compliance pilot, in which it observed door-to-door fundraising training and shadowed fundraising teams on the job between December and March.

A PFRA officer observed door-to-door fundraisers from nine organisations, including Greenpeace, Tim Lilley Fundraising and Appco, in order to assess their observance of the PFRA rule book and the Institute of Fundraising's code of conduct.

The PFRA's doorstep compliance officer, Suzanne Moen, also sat in on each organisation's training sessions in order to compare them against best practice.

Peter Hills-Jones, head of policy and communications at the PFRA, said the decision to extend the pilot was taken at the PFRA's board meeting in May.

He said monitoring doorstep fundraisers represented a bigger challenge than street fundraisers. "In large suburban areas, teams are under no obligation to inform us when they're fundraising on the door," he said.

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