Fundraising Regulator Guest Blog: Strengthening our presence in Northern Ireland

Gerald Oppenheim, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator, & new Northern Ireland Manager, Joanne McDowell, discuss their commitment to working collaboratively with charities in NI, & implementing the new Code of Fundraising Practice.

As the independent regulator of charitable fundraising across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Fundraising Regulator is committed to building relationships with and working collaboratively with charities across all the areas which we regulate.

With nearly 100 organisations already registered with us in Northern Ireland (including those eligible to pay the levy), we think it’s important to continue to develop relationships with more charities and sector bodies to maintain high standards of fundraising.

That’s why – in addition to already having a dedicated board member for Northern Ireland, Walter Rader OBE, we have also contracted a Northern Ireland Manager, Joanne McDowell, who joined us this September.   You can now contact Joanne on 07593132981 or by email at [email protected]

Setting the standards for charitable fundraising

For the next few months, we’ll be focusing on raising awareness of our improved Code of Fundraising Practice among organisations in Northern Ireland.

The new code came into effect on 1 October. It is at the heart of what we do and we’re committed to ensuring that all charities that fundraise follow its guidance and good practice. It has been revised with both professional fundraisers and volunteer fundraisers in mind.

This month, we’ve brought the new code to life on our website in a version that we hope will make it easier to navigate and search.

Making the code accessible

The new format is designed to make it easier for you to understand what is expected when fundraising.

We’ve consolidated the former code, face-to-face fundraising rulebooks and legal guidance into one easy to read format, restructured the standards into three parts and clarified where there are differences in law in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Why meeting the standards is important

We are keen to build public trust and confidence in charitable organisations in Northern Ireland. It’s particularly interesting to note that our recently published research [ showed that when the public are aware of the Fundraising Regulator and the code, they report higher levels of trust in fundraisers.

Following the code means that all of us are working to consistent, high standards, which helps develop a culture of honesty, openness and respect between fundraisers and the public.

So do visit our website to explore the code’s new online accessible layout and familiarise yourself with the standards and how they apply to your organisation [].

Joanne is also looking forward to meeting you and working with you in the future. You can get in touch with Joanne – who is contracted with us on a part-time basis – via [email protected] with a request to meet or attend an event you are planning.

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