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Fundraising Regulator & IoF issue guidance for return to public fundraising

By June 29, 2020National News

From UK Fundraising

The Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising (IoF) have published two pieces of guidance to support the return to fundraising activities in line with social distancing requirements.

The guidance covers the over-arching principles which should be applied to all fundraising methods, and specific advice on public fundraising (including street, door-to-door and private site fundraising). It has been prepared in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, and is the first of a series from the Fundraising Regulator and IoF that will offer practical advice covering fundraising activities affected by social distancing. Further instalments will be published over the weeks ahead.

This guidance aims to support good decision-making and sets out a framework for safe and responsible fundraising. The two organisations say it is essential that fundraising organisations consider this guidance, the nature of their activity, the location, their preparation, and undertake a full risk assessment to inform decisions. They also advise consulting with staff and volunteers before undertaking any fundraising activity.

In all cases, the guidance says, fundraising should only be reintroduced where it is safe to do so and if it is in line with Government advice and any guidance issued by the devolved administrations. The recent changes to lockdown restrictions in England mean that public fundraising may return if organisations are able to comply with this new guidance. However, some methods of fundraising, such as community fundraising events involving large groups of people, or mass participation events, cannot safely resume under current social distancing rules.

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