The Fundraising Regulator recommends that a risk assessment should be undertaken before in-person fundraising activities occur. It has published new guidance to assist charities looking to restart in-person fundraising as these activities still play an important role for many charitable organisations.
The starting point should involve consideration of which local restrictions apply. The effect of these restrictions should then be added to the risk assessment to ensure compliance with local rules.
It may also be useful for charities to offer additional safety training to their fundraisers. This will assist the return of fundraising in a COVID-safe way, while increasing confidence among the fundraisers themselves.
In addition to reviewing the guidance, we would encourage all charities looking to resume public fundraising to consider what provisions they have in place to ensure the safety of their staff and the public. It may be a good time to renew your existing policy or draft a new one that is fit for both online and in-person fundraising.
If you require assistance with your charity’s policies, please contact a member of our Charities, Education and Social Enterprise team.