It is particularly important that any fundraising, whether conducted directly by a charity itself or through a fundraising agency on a charity’s behalf, has adequate processes and checks in place to protect people in vulnerable circumstances.
The purpose of this guidance is to help charities to act responsibly when their fundraising activities engage people in vulnerable circumstances.
Oversight of fundraising is a core governance responsibility and all members of a charity’s board or management committee (referred to by the ACNC as ‘Responsible Persons’) should carefully consider how their charity interacts with people in vulnerable circumstances while conducting fundraising activities.
Although the ACNC does not regulate fundraising, its regulation of charity governance and its responsibility for promoting trust and confidence in Australia’s charities means the way in which charities conduct fundraising is an area of interest and concern.
For information about the specific regulations for different types of fundraising activities, contact the relevant state or territory regulatory body. For a list of these regulatory bodies, see: acnc.gov.au/regulatorlist.