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Draft Fundraising Guidance consultation: 7 September to 1 December 2017

Subject of the consultation:

We’re consulting on our new draft version of the Fundraising guidance. This guidance is designed to help charity trustees and fundraisers understand the requirements of Charity law and trustee duties in relation to fundraising and self-regulation.

We have decided to separate the guidance in two, the first part looks at fundraising and charity trustee duties, the second part looks at the detailed requirements of the 2009 Regulations that apply to all ‘benevolent fundraising’ not just fundraising by charities.

OSCR regulates charities registered in Scotland, but we don’t regulate the full range of ‘benevolent fundraising’ that takes place in Scotland. We hope that separating the guidance in two helps to make that distinction clearer and recognise that not all charity trustees will need the technical detail about the 2009 Regulations.

We want to make this guidance as clear as possible and easy for a range of audiences to use. It is designed to work better as online guidance, although a full PDF version will always be available to download. 

The consultation response is split into two strands:

Strand 1: survey monkey – usability questionnaire

This strand will take a few minutes to complete and asks you to rate how easy the draft guidance is to navigate and understand.

Strand 2: response form with usability and content questions

This strand asks you to rate how easy the draft guidance is to navigate as well as more detailed questions about the content.

You can choose to respond to Strand 1 (online usability survey) or Strand 2 (by downloading and completing the response form).

This is an opportunity to comment on our new draft version of the Fundraising Guidance, which will shape the final guidance to be published in early 2018.

Who should read this?

We’re keen to hear from TSIs, advisory bodies and professional advisors to make sure that our new guidance will be helpful to you and the organisations you work with.

The guidance will be of interest to all charities entered on the Scottish Charity Register and those involved in fundraising.

Members of the public can also participate in the consultation. 


This consultation will run for 12 weeks, from 7 September to 1 December 2017.

How to respond this consultation:

Strand 1: survey monkey – usability questionnaire

Strand 2: response form with usability and content questions Word version.

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If you have any questions about the consultation you can contact the Engagement Team at or phone 01382 220314.


We will acknowledge all Strand 2 responses where contact details are given, but will not be able to provide individual feedback.

A summary of all responses (except those where confidentiality is requested) received during the consultation will be published in early 2018.

After the consultation:

We will publish the final version of the guidance and an evaluation report of the consultation in early 2018.