Fundraising Regulation

NICVA works closely with the Fundraising Regulator (FR) referring people to them for advice, promoting the Code of Fundraising Practice, communicating the the sector in NI through FR blogs and coordinating FR events in NI.

The Fundraising Regulator is an independent, non-statutory body that regulates fundraising across the charitable sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It stands up for best practice in fundraising, in order to protect donors and support the vital work of fundraisers. They work in partnership with other regulators and the representative bodies in the charitable and fundraising sectors to build public confidence and ensure consistent fundraising standards across the UK

In 2017 the NI voluntary sector, after a 9-month consultation exercise, chose to be governed by the existing Fundraising Regulator rather than set up its own, home-grown fundraising regulation system. Northern Ireland is represented on the Board of the Fundraising Regulator by Walter Rader, well known to many here from his time as the Big Lottery Fund’s NI Director and his work in helping set up the Charity Commission.

In March 2018 registration for the FR and Fundraising Preference Service opened in NI. All charities can register with the FR for £50 per year. If you spend more than £100,000 on fundraising in a year then you should pay the appropriate levy, this is a voluntary contribution to support the cost of our work. You can register here.

We encourage all charities to make themselves familiar with the Code of Fundraising Practice and follow it in their own organisation, this inclcudes board members, staff and volunteers. It is a voluntary code developed by and for fundraisers to support best practice and protect the reputation of charities to the public.


New rules for society lotteries

Charities and other societies will be allowed to sell their lottery tickets online from the 7 September 2021.

Five years of effective fundraising regulation: FR Blog

As The Fundraising Regulator approaches its fifth anniversary, Gerard Oppenheim reflects on its impact on Northern Ireland in this latest FR blog.

New guidance from Fundraising Regulator & Chartered Institute of Fundraising to support return of in-person events & community fundraising

The Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising's have issued new guidance to support the return of in-person events & community fundraising ahead of pandemic restrictions easing.

Reflections on the Fundraising Regulator’s Annual event and future opportunities for collaboration

Joanne McDowell, Northern Ireland Manager at the Fundraising Regulator reflects on the Fundraising Regulator’s recent Annual Event and collaborative work in Northern Ireland to promote, adapt and continue to build best practice in fundraising.

Guest Blog: The Fundraising Regulator - On New challenges and opportunities to learn

Joanne McDowell, NI Ireland Manager for the Fundraising Regulator, reflects on the challenges NI charities have faced over the past year & the opportunities to learn from the Fundraising Regulator’s new guidance & resources.

Fundraising in this new context: webinar recording and resources

On 30 September NICVA facilitated a 'Fundraising in this new context' webinar as part of the CFNI Accelerator Programme funded by the Department for Communities.

Charity street collections can resume

The PSNI has announced that street collections can recommence if collectors use a suitable object to adhere to the one metre social distancing rule. 

NICVA response to the Regulation of Gambling consultation

NICVA has prepared a response to the Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland consultation. 

Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland consultation

NICVA has prepared a briefing paper on the Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland consultation. 

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.'s picture

Jocelyn Horton

Fundraising Advice Officer

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