The 2015 charity fundraising controversy: lessons for trustees, the Charity Commission, and regulators Contents


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

2 Fundraising and the allegations

The Importance of Fundraising

Allegations of poor practice made in the press

3 The role of trustees: governance

The role of trustees in fundraising

The trustees’ responses to the allegations

Proposed improvements to governance

What trustees should do


Donations from overseas

4 A new fundraising regulator

Fundraising regulation: the current situation

The origins of the current system: the Charities Act 2006

Lord Hodgson’s Review and subsequent action

Criticisms of the current regulatory structure

The proposed new fundraising regulator

The structure of the new regulator

The hybrid model

Progress towards creating a new regulator

Is Etherington appropriate?

5 The role of the Charity Commission

The previous role of the Commission

The Charity Commission and the hybrid model of regulation


Monitoring Success

6 The role of the Information Commissioner

The role of the Information Commissioner

Allegations made by the media and the data protection laws

Future Role of the Information Commissioner

7 The role of the Cabinet Office

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill 2015

The reserve powers

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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Prepared 21 January 2016