Sun Jun 28 2020
Charities can start to fund-raise again after guidance was released by the Fundraising Regulator and the Institute of Fundraising, so long as they deem it to be safe
The guidance, released last week by the Fundraising Regulator and the Institute of Fundraising, also warned that it would still be a long while before things came back to ‘business as usual’ as safe social distancing would still need to be enforced.
The guidance, released in two separate documents, are the first in a series of guidance to be published in the coming weeks by both the Fundraising Regulator and the Institute of Fundraising.
The first was a document explaining the over-arching principles that Not-for-Profit organisations should adhere to will all fundraising activities whilst the second was specific advice for those that wanted to start collecting in public again.
During lockdown many charities have struggled to fundraise effectively and have had to rely on Government grant schemes to stay afloat. A report released last week by the IoF (Institute of Fundraising) showed that, on average, their Members stood to lose 23% of their expected income in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which could cost the N.f.P sector as a whole nearly £12.4bn!
Fundraising should only restart when fundraising organisations are satisfied that this can be done safely, in line with government advice and where the risks associated with the activities can be properly managed. Going back to a complete ‘business as usual’ is unlikely to be acceptable or realistic.
The guidance also highlighted that it’s members in N.I, Scotland and Wales should pay close attention to their own Governments advice as it may differ from that being released from Westminster.
A statement accompanying the release of the guidance also highlighted that any charity fundraising that might involve large gatherings of people or mass participation events would still be forbidden under existing social distancing legislation.
It’s the responsibility of individual charities to exercise judgement about when and how to resume fundraising, and this should only be when thorough risk assessments have been carried out and informed decisions based on each individual organisation’s unique circumstances have been made.
Sun Jun 28 2020