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Below are the sector stakeholders and relevant organisations that may be useful to the public, donors and fundraising organisations when looking for further information on topics surrounding fundraising, charities and regulation across Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
The Charity Commission is a statutory body responsible for registering and regulating charities in England and Wales. They ensure charities meet their legal requirements, take enforcement action in response to malpractice, make information about each charity available to the public, and provide online services and guidance to help charities run effectively.
Visit their website here.
Read our MOU with the Commission here.
View the Charity Commission’s CC20 guidance for trustees here.
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is the umbrella body for voluntary organisations in England, with over 12,000 member organisations. They represent the voluntary sector to government, lead research to inform the sector and support voluntary organisations through guidance, expertise, resources and events. The Chief Executive of NCVO, Sir Stuart Etherington, led the Review of Fundraising Regulation in September 2015 which subsequently recommended the creation of the Fundraising Regulator.
Read the Review of Fundraising Regulation here.
Visit the NVCO website here.
Scottish Charity Regulator
The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is a Non-Ministerial Department, and the independent regulator and registrar for over 23,500 Scottish charities. We are currently working with OSCR to determine the details of how the self-regulatory system in Scotland, and England and Wales will work together.
Visit the OSCR website here.
To complain about a fundraising approach used in Scotland, visit this website.
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the umbrella body membership organisation for Scotland’s charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. With over 1500 member organisations, they represent the sector through campaigning and provide services, support and research to the voluntary sector. We have also been working closely with the SCVO to ensure a representational and effective system of co-regulation is implemented for fundraising in Scotland.
Visit the SCVO website here.
Wales Council for Voluntary Action
The Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) is the umbrella body membership organisation for voluntary organisations in Wales. They represent and campaign for volunteers, communities and voluntary organisations in Wales, offering opportunities and bilingual services to the sector.
Visit the WCVA website here.
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action is a membership umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. With 1,000 or so members, they campaign for the sector, and offer services, products support to voluntary organisations. We are currently working it NICVA to determine the regulatory remit for the Fundraising Regulator across Northern Ireland.
Visit the NICVA website here.
Institute of Fundraising
The Institute of Fundraising (IOF) is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. They provide support, guidance and education to fundraisers, and promote fundraising as a career within the sector. Having recently merged with the PFRA, we will be working closely with this organisation to engage with all fundraising organisations in England and Wales.
Visit the IOF website here.
Read their latest guidance for Trustees here.
Information Commissioner’s Office
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, and focus on promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. We have been working closely with the Information Commissioner to ensure that the Code of Fundraising Practice accurately reflects the current and upcoming data protection laws. The ICO has been clear that, despite the UK’s departure from the EU, the upcoming GDPR law due for 2018 will still apply within the UK.
Read an ICO blog entry about GDPR here.
Visit the ICO website here.
Direct Marketing Association
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is a UK-based membership body with over 1,000 company members. They focus on providing legal advice, political lobbying and industry guidance. They produce guidance on all aspects of Direct Marketing best practice, which we feel the charity sector can benefit from.
View the guides produced by the DMA here.
Visit the DMA website here.