Charity Commission consultation: Trustee guidance for charity fundraising
The Charity Commission is conducting a public consultation on revised draft guidance for trustees, which emphasises that trustees must take responsibility for the fundraising undertaken by their charities.
The Commission states that recent widespread criticism of charity fundraising, and the resulting damage to public trust and confidence in charities, has shown that some trustees have not overseen fundraising effectively.
The new guidance makes it clear that Trustees have a key role to play in setting their charity’s approach to fundraising and ensuring that it meets their charity’s values.
Under the revised guidance, the six key principles that trustees must follow are to:
- Plan effectively;
- Supervise fundraisers;
- Protect the charity’s reputation and other assets;
- Comply with fundraising law;
- Follow recognised standards; and
- Be open and accountable.
The new guidance, Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties (CC20), will replace the current guidance (Charities and Fundraising (CC20)). It is designed to be more succinct and should be accessible for all trustees. The commission welcomes feedback from trustees of all size charities as well as the public and other interested parties. The deadline for comments is 11thFebruary 2016.
For further advice on charity fundraising, please contact Elizabeth Irvine