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Changes to Fundraising Regulation


As you may recall, the Fundraising Regulator was created as a new, independent regulator of charitable fundraising in July, 2016. Its creation follows the Etherington review into fundraising self-regulation, which made recommendations to strengthen charity regulation and restore public trust in fundraising. You can visit the Fundraising Regulator’s website for more information here.

The Fundraising Regulator will oversee all charitable fundraising. As such it replaces the Fund Raising Standards Board (FRSB), which ceased operating at the end of August.

Fundraising Standards Board LogoWe understand that the new Regulator is currently working with the FRSB to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities. In time this may lead to revised codes of practice for fundraising charities. The chief difference between the FRSB and the new Regulator is that the former was a membership organisation, which charities could join in order to commit themselves to high standards of fundraising practice and regulation. The new regulator is not a membership organisation. However, we understand that charities will be able to register with the new regulator in order to express their continuing commitment to ethical fundraising.

We will consider registration with the Fundraising Regulator as and when they release more information about the new registration scheme in the Autumn. In the meantime we remain committed to the standards we adopted as FRSB members, including our Fundraising Statement.

As part of the transition former FRSB members may continue to use the FRSB’s tick logo as a sign of their continued commitment to good fundraising practice. We are, therefore, retaining it on our website for the time being. Please note, however, that if you have a complaint about charitable fundraising it should now be addressed to the new regulator, at


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