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.
Reasons to register
Show your support for good fundraising practice
Demonstrate that you’re serious about high standards. Organisations who register will be listed in our publicly-available directory, which shows your commitment to best practice. You’ll also be able to use the Fundraising Badge, increasingly recognised by the public, to use on your website and fundraising materials.
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 2017/18, we received 1,080 complaints about charities from the public, closing 1,101 cases and investigating 55. 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 3,500 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
The Fundraising Regulator will publish the name of any organisation that uses our branding or implies it is registered with, or endorsed by, the Fundraising Regulator without our authorisation.
We will also report these organisations to other authorities and regulators who have a legitimate interest in ensuring best practice in fundraising.
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.