The Code of Fundraising Practice

At Give Brite it is paramount for us to promote responsible fundraising and uphold our values in line with the Fundraising Regulator in order keep our platform transparent and give our donors confidence.

Give Brite is very strict in adhering to The Code of Fundraising Practice and the standards developed by the fundraising community through the work of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and the Public Fundraising Association (PFRA).

The Code and the rule books were formally transferred to the Fundraising Regulator at its launch on 7th July 2016.

In October 2017 an ‘Introduction to the Code of Fundraising Practice’ webinar was recorded by the Institute of Fundraising and delivered by the Fundraising Regulator. View it here now.

The Code of Fundraising Practice can be accessed here and the Welsh version of the code can be found here.

About Fundraising Regulator

The Fundraising Regulator is the independent regulator of charitable fundraising. We were established following the cross-party review of fundraising self-regulation (2015) to strengthen the system of charity regulation and restore public trust in fundraising.

Our role as regulator is to:

  • Set and promote the standards for fundraising practice (‘the code’ and associated rulebooks) in consultation with the public, fundraising stakeholders and legislators.
  • Investigate cases where fundraising practices have led to significant public concern.
  • Adjudicate complaints from the public about fundraising practice, where these cannot be resolved by the charities themselves.
  • Operate a fundraising preference service to enable individuals to manage their contact with charities. Where poor fundraising practice is judged to have taken place, recommend best practice guidance and take proportionate remedial action.

Who we regulate

We regulate all fundraising by or on behalf of* charitable, philanthropic and benevolent organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including:

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission
  • Exempt Charities
  • Other organisations with entirely or predominantly charitable, philanthropic and benevolent objectives, and –
    • open membership (if there are members)
    • not-for-profit structure
    • an acceptable dissolution clause**

Where fundraising is carried out in aid of an organisation, but no authority has been given by the charity to act in its name, the Fundraising Regulator will assess on a case by case basis whether any responsibility can reasonably be assigned to the charity in respect of the activity concerned.

*A fuller description of the distinction between fundraising undertaken “on behalf of” and undertaken “in aid of” a charity can be found here.

**In the event that the charity ceases to operate, that any remaining assets go to a charity with similar charitable objects. For further information on fundraising regulation across the UK, see here. (take them to FR site)

If you have any questions or require any further information you can contact our support team on info@givebrite.com