The new Fundraising Regulator which has replaced the Fundraising Standard Board (FRSB) will launch at the start of July. It will be responsible for setting and promoting the standards of conduct, investigating complaints about fundraising practices or particular instances of bad practice and imposing sanctions and operate a fundraising preference service.
This Fundraising Preference Service, will allow members of the public to press the ‘reset’ button and stop all communications from charities. The detail as to quite how this service will work is yet to be agreed but it is likely to have a significant impact on charity fundraising practices.
Perhaps less well publicised is the manner in which the Regulator will be funded. All charities which spend in excess of £100,000 on fundraising activity will be ‘asked’ to contribute towards the set up and running costs of the Regulator.