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Contentious comments on day FPS goes live

10 July 2017

There was tough talking this week from Sir Stuart Etherington, the Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, who recommended “naming and shaming” those charities who refused (or didn’t respond) to requests to contribute to the Fundraising Regulator’s work. His comments were particularly pertinent as they were made on the launch day of the Fundraising Preference Scheme (FPS) which is aimed at maintaining public confidence in charities.

Whilst members of the public are encouraged to communicate with charities directly, the FPS offers a mechanism by which individuals can request specific charities no longer contact them. Larger charities (those with over £100,000 fundraising income per year) had to register with the FPS prior to its launch; smaller charities can register on a piecemeal basis as and when they receive requests. Once they receive a request, charities then have 28 days to remove the individual from their direct marketing lists. Failure to take action may lead to action by the regulator and potentially by the Data Protection Commissioner.

Charities should be aware of their new obligations, ensure that their contact details on the Charity Commission’s Register is correct and what action to take if they receive a request from the FPS.

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