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Who we regulate

From street fundraising to large-scale fundraising events, we regulate all fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland carried out by charitable institutions and third party fundraisers. This includes:

  • charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland;
  • exempt charities;
  • other organisations with entirely or predominantly charitable, philanthropic and benevolent objectives, and;
    • open membership (if there are members);
    • a not-for-profit structure; or
    • an acceptable dissolution clause (in the event that the charity ceases to operate, that any remaining assets go to a charity with similar charitable objects); and
  • agencies and other organisations employed by charities to raise funds for them.

Where fundraising is carried out in aid of an organisation, but without the organisation's permission, we will assess on a case-by-case basis whether any responsibility can reasonably be assigned to the charity in respect of the activity concerned.

Fundraising regulation in Scotland

Fundraising self-regulation in Scotland is different to the system in place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This is because fundraising by charities only registered in Scotland is subject to regulation by the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel.

Fundraising in Scotland by charities where the lead regulator is the Charity Commission in England and Wales, is regulated by us.

These are the same arrangements used by the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator with cross-border charities. This means that, where the charity is primarily registered rather than where the fundraising takes place determines which regulatory system is to be used.

We work closely with the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel, on issues including changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice.