• The Panel Seeks New Members

    There are over 25,000 charities in Scotland! And the Scottish Fundraising Adjudication Panel (“the Panel”) oversees the enhanced self-regulation of fundraising for these charities.

    We’re responsible for handling complaints about the fundraising practices of Scottish registered charities and in doing so, maintaining fundraising standards in Scotland.

    As we enter our 5th year of supporting Scottish fundraising, we are looking for new volunteers to join the Panel.

    We need new members who can contribute to the Panel’s strategic thinking and are as committed and passionate about supporting the self-regulation of fundraising in Scotland as we are.

    What’s involved?

    The formal time commitments are usually:
    • Attendance at 4 Panel meetings each year (*these are currently being held online)
    • participating in engagement events throughout the year
    • contributing to policy and consultations as they arise

    It is anticipated any commitment to attend events will be limited to no more than 2 to 3 times a year.

    Please note there is no need to have charity or fundraising experience. A genuine willingness to fully participate and an ability to apply a set of standards to practice is however critical.

    How to apply?

    If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can find out more about the kind of people we’re looking for here and complete the application form here.

    The closing date for applications is 11:59pm on 16th July 2021.

    Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams the week commencing 26th July 2021. It is anticipated that successful candidates will be appointed at the next meeting of the Panel on 7th September 2021.

    If you have any questions, please contact Dionne Denovan either by emailing info@goodfundraising.scot or by telephone on 0808 164 2520

  • News round up from your Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel


    With the Scottish Parliamentary elections fast approaching, the SCVO hosted a virtual National Hustings on 8th April 2021. Hosted by Scottish political expert and journalist Brian Taylor, SCVO Chief Executive, Anna Fowlie was joined by the leaders of the main Scottish political parties.

    More than 80 questions were submitted for the online session, with an audience of over 200 representatives from the sector attending.

    Discussions centred around funding for the sector, and local government, the efforts of the sector during Covid-19, and the role the third sector plays in supporting society’s recovery. The leaders also discussed what they had learned about the sector from the coronavirus crisis and what role they see the third sector playing in the upcoming COP26 environmental summit in Glasgow this year, and in responding to the climate emergency.

    A recording of the Hustings is available here: https://youtu.be/-UJxD83e_v4

    To read SCVO’s Head of Policy, Kirsten Hogg’s blog reflecting on the SCVO hustings please visit: https://scvo.scot/p/42990/2021/04/09/scvo-national-hustings


    OSCR recently released the full results of their November 2020 survey to help garner understanding of the challenges charities are currently facing.  In a blog Chief Executive, Maureen Mallon reflected on the research findings and the challenges facing charities from the impact of COVID-19 on Scottish charities.

    Some key findings of OSCR’s November research:

    • Small charities are more likely to have stopped operating than larger charities.
    • Larger charities are more likely to have suspended some of their operations.
    • Larger charities and those supporting older people, people with disabilities and people with mental health issues had their services most disrupted.
    • Four out of five (79%) charities who receive income from donations and fundraising have seen a decrease in income.
    • Over four out of five charities which relied on trading income have reported a decrease in this type of income over the pandemic

    To read OSCR’s blog in full please visit: https://www.oscr.org.uk/blog/2021/march/16/research-shows-covid-challenges-for-scottish-charities/


    The Law Family Commission on Civil Society is a two-year research and policy programme established by Pro Bono Economics. The Law Family Commission on Civil Society as an ambitious programme of ground-breaking research into how the potential of civil society can be unleashed.  

    This call for evidence is an opportunity to identify and harness the potential of the public, private and social sectors to work together to achieve their full potential for social good and inclusive growth. The evidence will shape the Commission’s priorities and contribute to research content produced over the course of the Commission’s life cycle.

    The call for evidence is open until 10 May 2021.

    To read more and submit a response please visit: https://civilsocietycommission.org/call-for-evidence-the-potential-of-civil-society/


    Fundraising Guarantee logo

    255 charities have now joined the Panel’s Fundraising Guarantee to make a positive statement about the values, culture and practices of charities and outline how the public can expect to be treated by fundraisers and charities.

    Welcome to Girvan Youth Trust, Govanhill Baths Community Trust, Launch It Trust Dundee, Polbeth Community HUB SCIO, Kirkcaldy Community Radio SCIO, and Radio West Fife (SCIO), Four Pillars, Edinburgh Napier University Development Trust, CREATE Paisley, Cornerstone, DeafAction, Cheviot Youth, Friends at the End SCIO, Covid:aid, The Salvesen Mindroom Centre, Strathmore Community Rugby Trust, Banchory Gymnastics Club SCIO, the Forget Me Not Club, Hope Counselling Dundee, and Homeless Project Scotland  as our newest members of the Guarantee.

    You can learn more about the Fundraising Guarantee here: www.goodfundraising.scot/fundraising-guarantee/

  • The Latest Highlights from your Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel

    Who can believe we’ve completed a full month of 2021? As we enter February, the Panel thought we would take this opportunity to highlight some news.

    The Panel continues to work closely with OSCR, SCVO, the Fundraising Regulator and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising to champion the sector and uphold the fundraising standards that the people of Scotland expect charitable organisations to meet.

    The Panel appoint Marketing and Administration Assistant

    After advertising for the position of Marketing and Administration Assistant, the Panel were pleased to welcome Dionne Denovan on-board.

    Dionne brings with her several years of experience with both Scottish and National charities in a range of Marketing, Communications and Fundraising roles.

    Dionne will work with the Panel to provide administrative and marketing support and promote the Panel’s activities as we start a new chapter in our journey.

    Dionne said, “I am so pleased to have joined the Panel and to be a part of this exciting stage of the Panel’s development. I have always felt at home amongst the fundraising community in Scotland and I look forward to the part this role will play in future.”

    Fundraising Guarantee

    236 charities have now joined the Panel’s Fundraising Guarantee to make a positive statement about the values, culture and practices of charities and outline how the public can expect to be treated by fundraisers and charities.

    Fundraising Guarantee logo

    This month we welcome Love Po, Fife Gingerbread, Can-Do, and Girvan Youth Trust as our newest members of the Guarantee.

    You can learn more about the Fundraising Guarantee here: www.goodfundraising.scot/fundraising-guarantee/

    Complaints Process Webinar

    As part of the Fundraising Regulator’s commitment to support organisations in meeting the standards set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice, they produced a webinar on handling complaints. We were pleased to feature and continue working collaboratively with the Fundraising Regulator to demonstrate our united commitment to best practice in fundraising.

    The webinar was produced help raise understanding of how charities should: manage complaints received about fundraising, monitor the complaints handling of third-party fundraisers and use learning from complaints to inform future fundraising activity.

    You can view the Webinar here: www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/more-from-us/resources/webinar-handling-complaints

    And learn more about fundraising regulation in the UK here: www.goodfundraising.scot/fundraising-regulation-in-the-uk/

    Wellbeing in Fundraising

    The Chartered Institute of Fundraising have produced several helpful new resources on fundraising wellbeing for those working in the third sector. The resources offer guidance on looking after your wellbeing and supporting that of your peers’ as the pandemic continues to affect every aspect of our lives.

    Charities are more in demand than ever and fundraising across the sector has been adversely impacted by the ongoing pandemic increasing pressure on both the charity in the broadest sense possible and their fundraisers.

    Looking after and supporting the wellbeing of fundraisers is crucial to the sector being able to deliver their charitable objectives.

    The resources include:

    • Wellbeing and COVID-19
    • Wellbeing during the pandemic
    • Understanding fundraising and wellbeing
    • Issues impacting the wellbeing of fundraisers
    • Wellbeing and resilience
    • Wellbeing and employment
    • Managing pressure
    • Tips for fundraisers
    • Tips for fundraising managers

    You can read this information here: www.ciof.org.uk/wellbeing

  • Marketing and Administration Assistant

    Job Title: Marketing and Administration Assistant

    Salary: £26k to £30K per annum depending on experience

    Contract: Fixed term contract to 31st March 2021; 35 hours per week

    Location: Working from home, but necessitating travel as required

    Closing Date: 23rd October 2020

    1st Interviews: w/c 2nd November 2020

    2nd Interviews: w/c 9th November 2020

    The Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel promotes compliance with the Code of Fundraising Practice and adjudicates on fundraising complaints related to Scottish registered charities. We are starting a new chapter in the Panel’s journey and are looking to appoint a full time Marketing and Administration Assistant to support the Panel.

    This challenging and exciting role involves undertaking the day-to‐day administrative and marketing duties to assist the Panel members in the work of the Panel and promotion of its activities.

    We are looking for a self-starter who is resilient, persistent and driven. You will need to be a good communicator and be able to use your own initiative.

    For more information on this post, please download the full job description.

    If you are interested in being considered for this role please complete our application form, highlighting how you believe your skills and experience fulfil the role requirements, and return it to secretariat@goodfundraising.scot to arrive no later than Friday 23rd October 2020.

    The Marketing and Administration Assistant role is hosted by the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. The Chartered Institute is an equal opportunities employer, fully committed to ensuring that the only criterion that governs matters of recruitment is merit alone.

    Please help us by completing the optional Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and return in a separate email to secretariat@goodfundraising.scot.

  • Mis-Represented Emails

    We have become aware that an email purporting to come from the Secretariat at the Fundraising Standards Panel has been sent to a number of our known contacts via the email address you may have given to us.

    This email contains a PDF document containing a link.  Please note this email has not been sent to you by the Secretariat or anyone else at the Fundraising Standards Panel or any of its representatives.

    If you have received such an email please disregard its contents and do not respond to any requests.

    We will update this page as we progress our investigation.

  • Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel welcomes newly improved Code of Fundraising Practice

    The Independent Panel welcomes the newly improved Code of Fundraising Practice which comes into effect on October 1st 2019.

    These changes follow a consultation in autumn 2018, which focused on the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the current code.

    The changes, designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising, introduce a new layout which sees the standards restructured into three parts, with the welcome addition of a glossary of terms and legal appendices to the code.

    There will also be greater clarification of where there are differences in law in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The code has been written in Plain English and has been given a Crystal Mark standard.

    The existing code still applies, and complaints will continue to be considered against the version of the code in effect at the time of the incident; however the new code will be used as the basis for making decisions about any incidents that take place from October onwards.

  • We are looking for new Panel Members

    Would you like to join the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel?

    We are looking for new members to join the Panel who are committed to supporting the enhanced self-regulatory system of fundraising in Scotland and who will contribute to the Panel’s strategic thinking.

    The Panel’s core functions are:

    • to be responsible for fundraising standards in Scotland; and
    • to handle fundraising complaints related to Scottish registered charities.

    The formal time commitment would include attending 4 meetings a year, participating in engagement events throughout the year and contributing to policy and consultations as they arise. It is anticipated any commitment to attend events will be limited to no more than 2 to 3 times a year.

    The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 28th July 2019. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Thursday 8th August 2019 with successful candidates being appointed at the next meeting of the Panel which will take place on 3rd September 2019. You can read the full advert and find the application form here.

    If you have any questions, please contact Katrina Bruce either by emailing info@goodfundraising.scot or by telephone on 0808 164 2520.

  • Appointment of New Panel Chair

    We are delighted to announce Valerie Surgenor has been appointed as the new Chair of the Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland. She takes over from Alison Elliot who stepped down at the quarterly Panel meeting which took place on the 30th January 2018, and Val was unanimously elected as Chair by the Panel at the same meeting.

    Val has been a valued member of the Panel during its first year, and prior to that chaired the Implementation Group tasked with establishment of the Panel.

    A partner at MacRoberts LLP, where she heads up the firm’s Charities and Third Sector Practice and specialises in data protection, technology and intellectual property law. Val is also Chair of the board of Aberlour Child Care Trust and prior to becoming a solicitor she worked for over 12 years in the Third Sector in the area of longer term homelessness and addictions. You can find her on twitter here and LinkedIn here.

    Our sincere thanks go to Alison Elliot for her dedication and excellent work in leading the Panel through its first year, and we wish her all the best for the future.

    We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Kirsty Connell-Skinner, Katie Bruce, Matthew Middler and John Downie as new Panel members. Cathy Bell, Sheila Logan and Jay Butler stood down and we would like to thank them each for their valuable input to the Panel over the last year.

  • New Panel Members

    We are delighted to have appointed four new members to the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel, who will formally begin their terms on the Panel as of 30th January 2018.

    We aim to ensure that Panel members bring with them a specific understanding of the main aspects of fundraising, and we are very happy to introduce new Panel members with such varied experience.

    Our incoming Panel members are:

    John Downie, Director of Public Affairs at SCVO

    John brings with him an extensive knowledge of Third Sector issues in Scotland, as well as an interest in Strategy. The Panel will benefit from both his professional and voluntary experience.

    Matthew Middler, Fundraiser at RCET

    Matthew is a great fit for the Panel due to his understanding of the challenges that face small charities and his experience in digital marketing.

    Katie Bruce, Area Fundraiser for West Scotland at MS Society

    As a community fundraiser at a cross-border organisation, Katie’s appointment will bring valuable experience of the associated issues.

    Kirsty Connell-Skinner, Development Manager at University of Strathclyde

    Kirsty’s experience of working in Universities and with major donors will be beneficial to the Panel, alongside her involvement in the sector as a Trustee.

    Many thanks to all who put their names forward, and best of luck to John, Matthew, Katie and Kirsty during their time on the Panel. We are extremely grateful to the Panel members who are stepping down for their hard work over the past year.

  • Festive Opening Hours

    The Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel will close for Christmas at 12:30 on Friday 22nd December, and will reopen at 9am on January 3rd. You can continue to contact us in the normal way during that time, and any queries received will be answered from the 3rd.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.