FR Registration Why Should I Register?
Show your support for good fundraising practice
Demonstrate that the charity sector is serious about high standards. Registration includes entry on our public register and a registration badge, which will increasingly be recognised by the public, to use on your fundraising materials.
Pay your fair share
Regulation can only be effective if it is adequately funded by the whole sector. Other charities shouldn’t be obliged to subsidise regulation on your behalf.
Access more fundraising opportunities
Increasingly, other organisations are using registration with the Fundraising Regulator as a prerequisite for giving permission for fundraising on their sites (for example, Transport for London).
Relevant and responsive compliance support to fundraisers
In 2016/17, we:
- Conducted a wide-ranging consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice.
- Produced sector specific guidance on data and consent in relation to fundraising.
- Answered over 1000 enquiries from charities to help them understand and meet their compliance requirements.
Protect the good name of charitable fundraising
Help us stop poor fundraising practice and take action against those charities 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.
Evidence compliance with the law
Registration is a means of evidencing the following requirements within section 13 of the Charities Act 2016:
- 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.
Ensure charities continue to have a say in fundraising standards and that regulation remains proportionate
The Government have made it clear that statutory regulation of fundraising will follow if the voluntary system fails. By registering, you will be ensuring charities continue to have a strong voice in the standards to which the sector is held to account.
More information on the work your registration supports can be found in our Annual Report.