Seven charities yet to make £15k contribution to Fundraising Regulator

Some have also negotiated reduced contributions, research by Third Sector reveals

Regulator: wants £15k from some charities
Regulator: wants £15k from some charities

Seven charities are yet to agree to pay towards the Fundraising Regulator’s start-up costs more than four months after being asked to do so, a spokesman for the regulator has confirmed.

According to research by Third Sector, the charities include the art gallery administrator Tate, the sight-loss charity the RNIB, Médecins Sans Frontières, Islamic Relief, Plan International UK and the British Museum.

The research indicates that the Salvation Army is also among the seven, although the charity itself declined to comment on the matter. 

Stephen Dunmore, interim chief executive of the regulator, wrote to the top 50 fundraising charities in February, asking them to commit to contributing £15,000 to funding its start-up costs within two or three weeks.

The regulator’s spokesman said today that 43 charities had paid this or agreed to do so, but discussions were continuing with the remaining seven. A total of 38 charities had committed to paying by April and 28 had done so by February.

A spokeswoman for MSF said the charity would make its decision on the funding once it had received full information from the regulator about the contributions it wants from charities, including the ongoing levy it will charge the largest organisations. 

Mike Thiedke, director of public engagement at Plan International UK, said the charity supported the regulator's creation and was in continuing discussions over how it could best support its start-up costs.

Third Sector reported in February that the RNIB was dragging its feet over making a payment and in April that the Tate had refused to pay

The regulator is understood to have circulated its budget plans for the next few years to the 43 charities that have so far paid.

Some charities, including WWF and Tearfund, are understood to have negotiated reduced sums with the regulator.

The Alzheimer’s Society, which took several weeks to make its decision on making the contribution, refused to say whether it had paid less than the full £15,000 requested.

Third Sector reported in April that Parkinson’s UK had reservations about paying up, but a spokeswoman said the charity had paid the full £15,000. Both the Dogs Trust and the Children’s Society, which were undecided in February, have also paid in full.

Joe Jenkins, director of fundraising and supporter engagement at the Children’s Society, told Third Sector in February that the charity was surprised the new regulator was proposing to pay its board members £300 when this money would, in effect, come from charitable donations.

But he said last week that the charity had contributed to the regulator and was keen to go "above and beyond" to ensure it thoroughly complied with sector regulations and best practice.

The regulator has said it will publish a discussion paper on its levy in the coming weeks.

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