The Wheel responds to Irish Independent article on Fundraising Guidelines

The Wheel has written a letter to the Editor of the Irish Independent in response to an article on the Charities Regulator's new Fundraising Guidelines that appeared in that newspaper on Friday, 29 September (our letter below). On Thursday (the 28th), The Irish Times published an article on by our CEO, Deirdre Garvey on the growing compliance burden faced by the community, voluntary and charitable organisations. 

 
Sir -
 
Your coverage of new Guidelines for Fundraising (Sept. 29th) published by the Charities Regulator on Thursday, does not convey the very significant efforts being made by charities to embrace transparency and promote a positive approach to giving by the public. These efforts were clearly acknowledged by both Minister Ring and the CEO of the Charities Regulator at the launch of the new guidelines.
 
The Fundraising Guidelines were drawn up by the Charities Regulator, supported by a Consultative Panel of charities (on which The Wheel represented our 1,300 members) These guidelines clarify, for the first time, exactly what is expected of charities in their fundraising work.
 
As Ireland’s largest representative body for charities, The Wheel welcomes the new guidelines and encourages all charities that engage in public fundraising to implement them and, if necessary, introduce new policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
 
Irish charities raise in excess of €800 million every year, and, according to a recent survey by the Regulator’s office, 99% of the public say they have made a charitable donation. Regulation of fundraising should, therefore, be implemented in a measured way that does not disrupt this flow of vital funds.
 
It is important to recognise also that the many new regulatory requirements and guidelines involve considerable additional costs for organisations. We call on Government and statutory funders to provide enabling resources to assist charities in this regard.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ivan Cooper
Director of Advocacy
The Wheel
48 Fleet Street 
Dublin 2