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Code of fundraising practice: consultation opens

A consultation on the accessibility of the fundraising code is now open. It aims to ensure the code is a straightforward and practical tool for fundraisers and the public.

The consultation looks at the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the code. We’re asking for feedback on a new draft that includes:

  • A new table of contents and simple ordering of the content.
  • A “plain English” review of the language used in the code.
  • A new introduction.
  • A glossary of key terms used within the code.
  • A table of rules suggested to be deleted or changed.
  • The face-to-face fundraising rulebooks being incorporated into the “collections” section of the code.

The decision to consult on the code comes after careful consideration and feedback from the first consultation we opened last year. We’ve also taken into consideration roundtable sessions with smaller charities, conversations with other regulators and sector bodies, and queries and comments from members of the public.

We’ll promote the consultation at over 20 events across the UK, where the sector will be encouraged to share their views.

The consultation will run for 10 weeks and will close on Friday 16 November 2018. We’ll publish a summary of responses on the website alongside the final decision on changes to the code. 

The Code of Fundraising Practice and rulebooks for street, door-to-door and private site fundraising outline the standards expected of all charitable fundraising organisations across the UK.

Suzanne McCarthy, chair of the standards committee said: “The Code of Fundraising Practice underpins the behaviours that we expect from fundraisers and organisations across our sector.

“It is vital that all fundraisers can use and understand the code confidently and with ease to ensure their organisation’s compliance. We are confident that this consultation will result in an improved experience for both fundraisers and the general public alike.”