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.


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.

Update from the Fundraising Regulator (Spring 2019)

A Guest blog from Gerald Oppenheim, Chief Executive, Fundraising Regulator, catching us up on their latest work, along with what's coming up in the future now that Spring has finally sprung.

Guest Blog: Ring out the old, ring in the new…

A guest blog reflecting on the Fundraising Regulator's work with NI charities since March 2018 and its future plans.

NICVA response to FR consultation on Fundraising Code

The Fundraising Regulator is consulting on changes to The Code fo Fundraising Practice until 16 November. The intention is to make The Code more accessible, clearer and easier to use.


The Fundraising Regulator wants to hear your views

The Fundraising Regulator (FR) held a information and consultation event in NICVA to talk about the changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice and to hear the views of voluntary and community organisations in NI.

Summary of discussions from the Fundraising Regulation Seminar (12/06/2018)

An article detailing some of the comments, questions and answers from the Roundtable and Panel sessions at the Fundraising Regulation Seminar's picture

Jocelyn Horton

Fundraising Advice Officer

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