Today the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (PACAC) publishes the findings of its enquiry into fundraising practices in the charitable sector entitled: The 2015 charity fundraising controversy: lessons for trustees, the Charity Commission and regulators.
The committee’s report calls for stronger governance of fundraising and for trustees to demonstrate this through changed attitudes and behaviours to ensure their charity’s values are reflected at all levels of the organisation.
Commenting in response, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice care charity Hospice UK which submitted written evidence to the enquiry, said:
“The dubious fundraising practices of a small number of charities that were exposed last year shook public trust in the sector as a whole, so we welcome this report’s recommendations, particularly the focus on stronger governance of fundraising.
“Charitable hospices rely on the goodwill and generosity of the public to fund around two thirds of their income and so are acutely aware of need to adhere to the highest ethical standards in fundraising at all times.
“Hospices, like other charities, will be reviewing the committee’s recommendations, and working to continue to deliver the highest levels of transparency in how they raise funds to provide their vital services.”
Notes to editor
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK. This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.