Regulation unit to name and shame

Stephen Cook

The Regulation of Fundraising Unit, due to start in the autumn, should be prepared to 'name and shame' member organisations that join it but fail to meet its standards, according to the Government.

The advice comes in a Home Office consultation on measuring the success of the self-regulatory unit. The Charities Bill provides for government regulation if it is judged a failure.

The paper also says the independent unit should attract "a high level of participation" to be successful. Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, welcomed the 'naming and shaming' proposal but declined to define 'a high level'.

The unit's business plan says 4,000 of the 24,000 main fundraising charities must pay to join the unit if it is to be financially viable by 2009-10.

The Government is to fund the first three years.

- The institute is moving its annual fundraising convention from Birmingham to London to cut costs for charity delegates (Third Sector, 23 March). "There are no costs savings for the institute," said spokeswoman Lucinda Frostick.

KEY POINTS

- The Regulation of Fundraising Unit is due to start in the autumn

- The Charities Bill provides for government regulation if the unit is judged a failure

- 4,000 main fundraising charities must pay to join if the unit is to be viable.

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