Most charities fall short of reporting standards

Under the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016, most charities are required to provide statements on specific areas of their fundraising in their annual report, which is submitted to the Charity Commission for England and Wales (CCEW).

These statements cover key aspects of their fundraising activity including the approach taken, regulation, complaint numbers and how they ensure vulnerable people are protected. These statements demonstrate that they are reporting in-line with requirements, but also allow charities to help build public trust in their processes.

The Fundraising Regulator analysed the responses by 106 representative charities (full details are here) and the results were really quite poor.

80% included a statement about their fundraising approach, but only 21% include information on all the sections required; remember that this is a statutory requirement.

I would recommend that your Board familiarises itself with the requirements, and obtains the information from your fundraising team in good time. The last thing we need at the moment is to be shown as lacking in transparency.