Be aware: Invoices from The Fundraising Regulator

The Fundraising Regulator is the new voluntary, independent regulator for charitable fundraising in the United Kingdom. Its purpose is to regulate the way in which charities generate donations from the public.

Start-up costs of the Regulator are being met by contributions from up to 50 charities with the highest expenditure on fundraising. The Regulator estimates its annual budget will be between £2m and £2.5m. To raise this sum, the Regulator estimates that about 2,000 charities with annual fundraising expenditure of £100,000 or more, will be required to pay a voluntary levy at an average of £1,300.

Information about fund raising expenditure is already provided as part of the annual return and audited accounts  that charities submit to the Charity Commission.

Unfortunately it appears that the Fundraising Regulator has obtained incorrect information about some charities fundraising expenditure and is issuing levy invoices to charities that have reported total spending on all activities of more than £100,000 (see below).

If you receive such an invoice, you may want to check you annual return on the Charity Commission website.