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Registration

Registering with us shows that you’re serious about fundraising. Registered organisations help promote best practice, defend the sector and demonstrate compliance with the law. Registering also opens up more fundraising opportunities.
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Any organisation based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland that carries out charitable fundraising can apply to register. 

Charities with fundraising costs of over £100,000 are asked to pay an annual levy. Charities with lower fundraising costs can register for a flat fee of £50 a year. Other organisations can also register.

We define fundraising expenditure as the costs incurred by a charity when individuals or third parties make contributions to it for its charitable purposes, and any other costs related to charitable fundraising. Read the full definition here.

Reasons to register 

Show your support for good fundraising practice 

Demonstrate that you’re committed to the fundraising standards. Organisations that register with us will be listed in our publicly-available directory, which shows that you are signed up to fundraising best practice. You’ll also be able to use the Fundraising Badge, the logo that shows you are registered with us, on your fundraising materials and website. You can access the Fundraising Badge and guidelines in the Registered Users Area.  

Access more fundraising opportunities 

People are more likely to give to organisations who have registered with the Fundraising Regulator and display the Fundraising Badge to prove it. Trusts and foundations use our directory when making funding decisions. Increasingly, registration with us is required to get permission to fundraise on private sites, such as train stations. 

Compliance with the law 

Charities which are required to have their accounts audited must include a statement in their annual reports about any voluntary fundraising schemes or standards which the charity or anyone fundraising on its behalf has agreed to. 

Fundraising agreements with third parties must include details of any voluntary fundraising scheme or standard that the commercial organisation undertakes to be bound by. 

Pay your fair share 

Regulation can only be effective if it is adequately funded by the whole sector. By paying your share you’re helping to protect the reputation of the charity sector. Other charities shouldn’t be obliged to subsidise regulation on your behalf. 

Get fundraising support 

We produce tailored guidance to help you implement the standards in the Code of Fundraising Practice, for example on data and consent in relation to fundraising. We also send out a regular newsletter with information you need to know. We’ll also answer your enquiries to help you understand and meet the requirements in the code. 

Protect the good name of charitable fundraising 

By registering, you help us promote good fundraising practice and take action against those charities that damage the reputation of fundraisers with the public. 

In 2018/19, we received 737 complaints about charitable fundraising and closed 82 investigations. We publish the outcomes of investigations in order to share learning with the sector. 

Improve donor confidence 

Our work, combined with improvements in practice by charities, is helping to restore public confidence in charitable fundraising. This should mean overall donations also increase. 

How we spend the levy and registration fees

In the past year we have

  • given nearly 1,200 pieces of tailored advice about fundraising – responding to almost 100 enquiries each month;
  • dealt with more than 700 complaints about fundraising – on average about 60 each month;
  • received 8,700 requests from the public to manage their communications with charities – an average of around 160 each month.

Since we launched in July 2016 we have  

  • registered over 4,000 fundraising organisations that have signed up to the standards set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice;
  • consulted on and implemented improvements to the code;
  • offered an open and accessible service to investigate complaints about fundraising from members of the public that cannot be resolved by the charities themselves;
  • issued detailed guidance on varied topics such as data protection and the Charities Act 2016;
  • published our annual complaints report and research on public trust in fundraising; and
  • operated the Fundraising Preference Service, enabling people to stop communication from charities they no longer want to hear from.

Find out more about our business plans and budget.

Use of the Fundraising Badge

Registered organisations commit to include the Fundraising Badge, the logo that shows you are registered with us, on their fundraising materials. You can find out more about using the Fundraising Badge in our terms and conditions and you can download the badge guidelines in the Registered Users Area.

The Fundraising Regulator takes unauthorised use of the Fundraising Badge very seriously. You can only use the Fundraising Badge when you are registered with Fundraising Regulator. If unauthorised badge use is identified, we will seek its immediate removal and potentially take legal action.  

We will also report these organisations to other authorities and regulators who have a legitimate interest in ensuring best practice in fundraising.