Code of Fundraising Practice

What is the Code of Fundraising Practice?

The Code of Fundraising Practice and its associated Rulebooks for Street and Door Fundraising outline the standards expected of all charitable fundraising organisations across the UK. The first copy of the Code was published over 20 years ago and since then it has been developed by the fundraising community, through the work of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and Public Fundraising Association (PFRA).


Where can I find the Code?

The Code and the rule books were formally transferred to the Fundraising Regulator on 7th July 2016 and you can view the Code on their website. You can also download a PDF copy of the document in both English and Welsh.


Consultations on the Code

Any recommendations on changes to the Code will be made by the Fundraising Regulator in consultation with us and we will post information about consultations here.


Current Consultations

The Fundraising Regulator are currently consulting on proposed changes to the Code regarding Data Protection.

This consultation seeks to update the Code to mirror the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation, to make the Code as clear as possible about fundraiser’s duties in relation to data protection, and to address the issues identified in the number of penalty notices levied by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the last two years.

The consultation will run until Friday 8th December, by which time all responses should be submitted to the Fundraising Regulator. For full details of this consultation, please see the Fundraising Regulator’s website.


Past Consultations

The Fundraising Regulator’s first consultation on the Code was run from February to April 2017. You can read the consultation here.

We ran four events where a member of the Panel chaired the event with representatives from the Fundraising Regulator, Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).

You can read our response to the consultation here.