Major charities dragging feet over regulator funding

rnib 2RNIB, the Salvation Army and Plan International UK are among a group of charities which have yet to agree to fund the new Fundraising Regulator’s start-up costs, more than four months after being asked to do so.
According to research carried out by Third Sector, a total of seven of the top 50 charities which were asked to contribute to the costs have yet to cough up, while it is claimed that others have negotiated reduced contributions.
The study shows that RNIB, the Salvation Army, and Plan International are among the group, which also includes art gallery Tate, Médecins Sans Frontières, Islamic Relief, and the British Museum.
Fundraising Regulator interim chief executive Stephen Dunmore contacted the top 50 fundraising charities in February, asking them to commit to contributing £15,000 to funding its start-up costs within two or three weeks.
Some 43 charities have paid or agreed to do so, but discussions were continuing with the remaining seven. A total of 38 charities had committed to paying by April and 28 had done so by February.
It appears that one sticking point is the lack of information from the regulator about the contributions it wants from charities, including the ongoing levy it will charge the largest organisations.
The regulator is understood to have circulated its budget plans for the next few years to the 43 charities that have so far paid.
The move follows fears over the funding of the Fundraising Preference Service, with some charity marketers claiming it could descend into chaos following reports that the Fundraising Regulator plans to spend just £200,000 setting up the scheme.

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