Publication of the Charity Regulator's Guidelines on Fundraising

The Wheel, Ireland’s national association of charities, has welcomed the publication of the Charities Regulator’s Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public.

Commenting on the publication of the Guidelines, Deirdre Garvey, Chief ExecutiveFundraising Guidelines Cover of The Wheel said,“These Guidelines clarify- for the first time - exactly what is expected of charities in terms of fundraising. Irish charities fundraise in excess of €800 million every year, and donors have a right to expect that the money will be used for the intended purposes. We, therefore, encourage all charities that engage in public fundraising to implement the principles and approaches set out in the Guidelines.

As Ireland’s largest representative body for charities, The Wheel is urging all charities to review their existing fundraising practices against the principles outlined in the Guidelines, and if necessary, introduce new policies and procedures to ensure compliance.

“The new Guidelines are an important piece in the system of charity regulation that The Wheel has long campaigned for. As a member of the Charity Regulator’s Consultative Panel on Charitable Fundraising, we advised that regulation of fundraising should be brought about in a proportionate and measured way that will not disrupt the flow of vital funds. We recognise that the implementation all regulatory requirements may result in additional costs for organisations, and we, therefore, call on Government and statutory funders to provide enabling resources to assist charities to fulfil their regulatory obligations, “said Ms. Garvey.

Download the Charities Regulator’s Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public.

Read The Wheel's view on the growing compliance burden in the Irish Times.

Additional Charities Regulator Guidelines

Members should be aware that in July, the Charity Regulator published two sets of Guidelines on: 1) Internal Financial Controls; and 2) the responsibilities of Charity Trustees. If you and your board / management committee have not yet downloaded and read them, then we urge you to do so now.

We also recommend you read Tony Ward, The Wheel's Director of Finance's blog on the Charities Regulator's Financial Reporting Requirements.

The Charities Regulator website is: www.charityregulator.ie.

Contact mairead@wheel.ie if you have any questions relating to any of the topics raised above.