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Sources of help and advice

Published: 21/02/2018
Updated: 21/02/2018

OSCR publishes general guidance for charities, but we can’t provide specific advice about fundraising practices. These organisations can also help with some or all of the areas of fundraising:

The Institute of Fundraising is the professional body for UK fundraising whose aim is to promote the highest standard of fundraising practice.

The Panel is the fundraising self-regulatory body for Scotland. They deal with complaints about charity fundraising and promote standards for charity fundraising in Scotland.

The Fundraising Regulator holds the Code of Fundraising Practice for the UK and deals with complaints about fundraising by charities registered England and Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Charity Commission regulate charities registered in England and Wales.

The Charity Commission regulate charities registered in Northern Ireland.

HM Revenue and Customs advises on Gift Aid, the Gift Aid small donations scheme and other tax matters. You can also download Gift Aid declaration forms and guidance.

SCVOis a membership organisation offering a range of support for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes across Scotland.

The ICO oversees the UK privacy and data protection laws.

TSIs offer a range of support and advice to voluntary organisations in all the local authority areas in Scotland.

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime.

The Commission license and regulate the people and businesses that provide gambling in Great Britain including Small society lotteries which raise money for charitable causes.

The ASA is the UK’s independent advertising regulator. The ASA makes sure ads across UK media stick to the advertising rules (the Advertising Codes).

Ofcom is the communications regulator for the TV, radio and video-on-demand sectors, fixed-line telecoms, mobiles and postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.