Guidelines for Charitable Organisations Fundraising from the Public
We in the Irish Cancer Society are fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Statement of Guidelines for Charitable Organisations Fundraising from the Public. We commit to doing this by:
- Maintaining good fundraising practice.
- Providing high levels of accountability and transparency to our donors and prospective donors from the public.
- Providing clarity and assurances to you about how we spend your money.
- The Irish Cancer Society's report on our current fundraising activities is available in our most recent annual review of operations.
We at the Irish Cancer Society have considered the Guideines and we believe we meet the standards it sets out.
We welcome your feedback on our performance. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with our fundraising department. Find out more about our feedback and complaints procedures.
Guidelines for Charitable Organisations Fundraising from the Public - Where they came from
The Guidelines for Charitable Organisations Fundraising from the Public, (the 'Guidelines') issued by the Charities Regulator in September 2017, are intended to assist trustees of a charity to run the charity effectively, avoid difficulties in respect of fundraising activities and comply with their legal duties. The basis for these 'Guidelines' is in The 2008 Statement of Guiding Principles on Charitable Fundraising (the 'Statement'), that was developed by a steering group established in response to the Charities Act 2009 following extensive consultation with industry experts and stakeholders led by the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (now Charities Institute Ireland) and supported by the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.
The 'Guidelines' have also benefited from the input of a Consultative Panel on Charitable Fundraising which was set up by the Charities Regulator in 2016 at the request of the Minister for Justice and Equality. Charities Institute Ireland was a member of this Consultative Panel.
The Guidelines for Charitable Organisations Fundraising from the Public and further information is available on the Charities Institute Ireland website.
Irish Cancer Society Donor Charter
- We commit to being accountable and transparent so that donors can have full confidence in the Irish Cancer Society.
- We promise we will use your donation effectively.
- Our pledge to donors is that we promise to treat all of our donors with respect, honesty and openness.
- It is important to us as a national charity that relies on the goodwill and generosity of the public, to instil a sense of openness, honesty and transparency amongst such valuable donors.
- It is not enough that we uphold what is expected of us by law; we provide the best services and show the utmost respect to our donors.
Irish Cancer Society Disclosure Statement
The Irish Cancer Society is open about whether those seeking donations on its behalf are volunteers, employees of the organisation, or third party agents. Anyone fundraising on behalf of the Irish Cancer Society must ensure that donors are aware of the role they play with the Society.
Irish Cancer Society’s Fundraising Feedback and Complaints Procedure
All feedback on the work of our Fundraising Department is very gratefully received. Please read our procedure, and do not hesitate to get in touch.
In accordance with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, the Irish Cancer Society:
- Is committed to complying with the Statement for Guiding Principles for Fundraising and has formally discussed and adopted the Statement at a meeting of the Board of Directors.
- Confirms its commitment to the principles set out in the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising by a statement to that effect in its annual report.
- Has a Donor Charter which is consistent with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
- Regularly monitors compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and compliance reports are received regularly by the Board of Directors.
- Considers the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising when planning all fundraising activity.
- Has a policy on working with third party fundraisers.
- Provides honest, open and transparent disclosure when fundraising from the public.
- Has appointed a senior member of staff to be responsible for compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
- Ensures that fundraising staff are provided with information and training on the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and its implementation.
- Fundraising Department has a feedback and complaints procedure consistent with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. Feedback is recorded for review by relevant staff including the CEO and the Board of Directors. Feedback is responded to promptly and appropriately.
- Prepares financial reports consistent with the requirements of the Charities Act 2009 which include a statement concerning the extent to which control of the organisation is independent of its funding sources.
- Ensures that all donations are tracked and recorded and complies with data protection requirements.
- Is accessible to the public via telephone, email and out website.