Resource library

Useful guidance, summaries of our investigations, and publications for donors and fundraisers.

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Complaints process

We investigate complaints about charitable fundraising where these cannot be resolved by organisations themselves or where it has caused, or has the potential to cause, significant public harm. Our co...
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Implementing the FPS evaluation recommendations

An overview of how the Fundraising Regulator has implemented the recommendations from the independent review of the Fundraising Preference Service.
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Guidance

10 steps to setting up a fundraising appeal

This guidance is designed to highlight important points to consider before setting up a fundraising appeal to ensure your fundraising is legal and ethical, and has the best chance of success.
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Guidance

Tips for giving safely to charity

You should be alert to common fraud tactics when giving in-person or online. This will give you confidence to donate to genuine causes.
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Guidance

Charity bags: advice for the public

This advice sets out what you need to know if you receive a charity bag and want to donate in this way. We also set out what you can do make it clear you do not wish to receive charity bags.
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An external review of our casework: 2021

An executive summary of an external review of the Fundraising Regulator’s casework conducted in 2021.
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Annual Complaints Report 2020/21

A report about fundraising complaints received by the Fundraising Regulator and reported by the charity sector in 2020/21.
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Guidance

Key behaviours expected of fundraisers: guidance for fundraisers

This guidance is intended to help any person or organisation fundraising, or planning to fundraise, in the UK for a charitable cause to comply with the standards set out in the Code of Fundraising Pra...
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Guidance

Key behaviours you should expect from fundraisers: advice for the public

The following information is designed to help you understand the fundraising standards you can expect when you are asked to donate.
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Guidance

Charity bags: guidance for fundraisers

This guidance is intended to support charities and the companies they work with to understand the legal requirements and regulatory standards expected of them when distributing and collecting charity ...
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Unacceptable behaviour policy

This policy explains what we mean by unacceptable behaviour and how we will manage this.
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Publication

Evaluation of the Fundraising Preference Service

The Fundraising Regulator has published an independent evaluation of the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS). This is the first review of its kind since the Fundraising Regulator set the FPS up in 20...
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Annual complaints report 2019/20

A report about fundraising complaints received by the Fundraising Regulator and reported by the charity sector in 2019/20.
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Guidance

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016: Fundraising reporting requirements guidance 

Good practice guidance on meeting the reporting requirements in Section 13 of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016.
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The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016: an analysis of compliance with fundraising reporting as of June 2020

This research analysis evaluates how charities are adapting to the fundraising reporting requirements of The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016, as of June 2020.
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Survey of Fundraising Regulator registrants 2019/20

In November 2019, we carried out an anonymous survey of our registrants. The results provide an important evidence base for our work in the year ahead and beyond.
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Annual complaints report 2018/19

A report about fundraising complaints received by the Fundraising Regulator and reported by the charity sector in 2018/19.
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The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016: an analysis of compliance with fundraising reporting as of April 2019

This research analysis evaluates how charities are adapting to the fundraising reporting requirements of The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016, as of April 2019.
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Our consultation policy and process

We are committed to engaging and consulting with the sector and public on important fundraising and regulatory issues.
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The role of the Fundraising Regulator: public awareness, trust and expectations

This research provides a snapshot of trust in fundraising and the impact the Fundraising Regulator has made in this area.
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Code of Fundraising Practice response paper: closed November 2018

In the spring of 2018 we consulted on changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice, with a specific focus on the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the code. This paper summarising our r...
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Annual complaints report 2017/18

A report about complaints received by the Fundraising Regulator and the charity sector about fundraising in 2017/18.
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Publication

Code of Fundraising Practice consultation paper: closed November 2018

In the spring of 2018 we consulted on changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice, with a specific focus on the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the code. This discussion paper was re...
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Guidance

Complaints handling guidance for charities and third-party fundraising organisations

Guidance to help fundraising organisations when dealing with complaints about fundraising, setting out how the Fundraising Regulator defines a complaint and how organisations are expected to handle th...
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