FR Registration How to register as a third party
The Fundraising Regulator has opened up registration to commercial fundraising businesses, Commercial Participators and Community Interest Companies (CICs), as part of its wider commitment to ensuring high standards across the fundraising community.
We will only consider registration of established organisations. New organisations will need to develop a track record of operating in a fundraising capacity and commit themselves to following the provisions of the Code of Fundraising Practice before the Regulator can consider or re-consider applications.
The voluntary registration scheme particularly encourages the following third party organisations involved in charitable fundraising to sign up to good fundraising practice:
- Agencies offering telemarketing or face to face fundraising services;
- Direct marketing agencies
- Online donation sites and fundraising platforms
- Payroll giving services
- Commercial clothing collectors
- Companies exclusively offering fundraising products e.g. charity Christmas cards, affinity sites for purchases
- Fundraising consultancy/consultant
How much will it cost to register?
Third party organisations that apply for registration will be invoiced according to their annual turnover, using the same bandings that are applied for the fundraising levy. The thresholds are as follows:
Annual turnover Amount you pay
Up to £100k £150
£100,001 – 150k £300
£150,001 – 200k £800
£200,001 – 500k £1000
£501,001 – 1m £1500
£1,000,001 – 2,000,000 £2500
£2,000,001 – 5,000,000 £4000
£5,000,001 – 10,000,000 £6000
£10,000,001 – 20,000,000 £8000
£20,000,001 – 50,000,000 £12000
Why should I register?
New legal duties in the Charities Act 2016 require third parties to say what standards they sign up to as part of fundraising agreements with charities. Likewise, charities will increasingly need to be able to show that their partner’s standards are consistent with their own.
Building a reputation is about credibility. Using our ‘Registered With’ logo gives charity partners and the public confidence that a third party commits to high standards of fundraising.
Increasingly, other organisations are using registration with the Fundraising Regulator as a prerequisite for giving permission for fundraising on their sites.
In 2016/17, we produced a wealth of guidance to help fundraisers understand their responsibilities, including:
- Producing sector specific guidance on the Charities Act 2016 and data and consent in relation to fundraising.
- Conducting a wide-ranging consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice.
- Answering over 1000 enquiries from organisations to help them understand and meet their compliance requirements.
Public confidence in fundraising
Help us stop poor fundraising practice and take action against those organisations that hurt the reputation of fundraisers with the public. In 2016/17, we received 713 complaints about charities from the public, closing 621 cases and investigating 30. We publish the outcomes of investigations in order to share learning.
As a registered organisation, you will be listed on our Public Register, making your commitment transparent and sending the message that you hold yourself publically accountable.
Give fundraisers a say in the standards they work to
The Government have made it clear that statutory regulation of fundraising will follow if the voluntary system fails. By registering, you will help to ensure that fundraising organisations continue to have a strong voice in the standards to which the sector is held to account.
Once registered, these organisations will also be able to use the ‘Registered With’ logo on all fundraising materials to demonstrate commitment to high fundraising standards, and to the Fundraising Regulator’s Fundraising Promise.
How have the Bandings been decided?
Since our initial discussion paper on levy and registration in July 2016 we have reviewed the amount third parties pay on the following grounds:
Fairness: we want to ensure that there is parity between the banding thresholds that apply to agencies and those that apply to charities
Proportionality: In considering the registration fee for fundraising agencies and commercial participators, we took the view that the FRSB figure charged to agencies was disproportionately low in light of the level of public complaints received about third parties. Even with the increase, the median cost to agencies represents less than 0.5% of annual turnover. That equates to just £1 of every £200 turned over: a proportionate contribution to ensuring strong, effective and independent regulation.
We do more than the FRSB: Like FRSB we deal with complaints (a good proportion of which relate to firms working in the fundraising sector) but the number has increased. We also develop the rulebooks (Code of Practice on Fundraising and rules on Face to Face funding) and give advice on best practice, such as compliance with the new GDPR and the Charities Act 2016. We need to be adequately funded to do this as recognised by the all party review which preceded our establishment.
Closer working with third parties: We will work with agencies, as we do with charities and the public, to make sure that the Code reflects current fundraising practice as we develop it. If agencies are making the commitment to support good practice by registering with us, it is fair that their voice is reflected in the standards to which the sector is held to account.