CAF response to the review of fundraising self-regulation

Responding to proposals set out by Sir Stuart Etherington today as part of the government-commissioned review into fundraising self-regulation, John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

"Charities have to acknowledge the concerns of many people who too often think fundraisers overstep the mark. Those who generously support charities should never feel under pressure and giving should be a rewarding experience, not one tainted by guilt or a fear of being asked for more.

"Sir Stuart's review rightly proposes a robust new regulatory regime with independent powers and strong links to statutory authorities, alongside a new regime to give donors a clear and simple way to say no if they feel requests for donations have got out of hand. It is right that fundraising regulation should be in one clear place and that people who do not want to be contacted can opt out in an easy, hassle free way.

"Charities cannot be effective without the trust and generosity of those who support them. Putting greater emphasis on developing long-term relationships with supporters could ultimately increase the amount of money given to good causes.

"All those in charity leadership must now work together to rebuild trust, forge stronger relationships with their generous supporters and strengthen the culture of giving in this country - it is after all our proud heritage and must be cherished."


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