Statement of Principles for Fundraising
Fundraising by charities in Ireland is to be regulated according to a voluntary scheme to develop and implement Codes of Good Practice on the operational and administrative aspects of fundraising by charities.
...a series of free resources that are designed to assist in the implementation of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
The scheme was agreed between the community and voluntary sector and the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in 2008. A Statement of Guiding Principles to govern fundraising was also developed and was published in the report which is available to download here. The Wheel would encourage everyone associated with fundraising to familiarise themselves with the scheme – and to this end we provide a summary below.
Implementing the Guiding Principles for Fundraising
Irish Charities Tax Research (ICTR) has created a series of free resources that are designed to assist in the implementation of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
The resources include toolkits, templates, a sample complaints procedure, as well as a series of useful links to external bodies or information. All of these resources have been developed based on the feedback received by ICTR both before and after the launch of the Statement in May 2008.
Of perhaps particular interest will be the FAQ documents which provide in-depth answers to common Statement-related questions for both fundraisers and the general public. Similarly, the compliance checklist provides step-by-step assistance to achieving successful compliance with the Statement.
About the Statement
The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising was drawn up in the context of the publication of the Charities Bill 2007 (now Charities Act 2009).
The Act sets out that the operational and administrative aspects of fundraising will be regulated by agreed Codes of Practice to be developed with the sector. A feasibility study and public consultation was undertaken by ICTR in 2006/2007 to explore how the operational aspects of charitable fundraising could be effectively regulated through Codes of Practice for charitable fundraising. This process led to the publication of the Statement in May 2008.
Resources to support Implementation of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising
The following set of resources, including toolkits, templates and a sample complaints procedure have been developed by the Implementation Group as a useful support for putting the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising into practice in your organisation.
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Feedback and Complaints Procedures:
- A sample procedure for charities, What a complainant can expect if s/he takes a complaint to the Monitoring Group.
Draft Public Statement(s)
- For use on websites, in Annual Reports and Annual Statements of Accounts, Including fulfilling the ‘comply or explain’ criteria.
- Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Charities Regulation
- Charities Act 2009
- Street and House to House Collections Act 1962
- Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956
- Data Protection Act 1988 and Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
- Irish Fundraising Forum for Direct Recruitment
- Dóchas’ Code of Conduct on Images and Messages
- Dóchas’ Irish Development NGOs Code of Corporate Governance
- Institute of Fundraising (UK) Codes of Conduct
- Fundraising Ireland