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September 24, 2015

New British Charity Rules Could Impose Fundraising Bans

Charities that violate proposed British regulations aimed at curbing high-pressure fundraising tactics could be barred from some types of soliciting under the new rules, the BBC reports.

A government-commissioned review prompted by a series of scandals over serial solicitations of elderly and vulnerable people also recommended scrapping the British nonprofit sector's self-regulation of fundraising.

The industry-led Fundraising Standards Board would be replaced by a new body with broader powers to sanction charities, financed by a levy on groups that spend more than $153,000 a year on fundraising. The new regulator would operate a service by which donors can choose preferences for which charities can approach them and how often. Groups that persistently breach the rules could be forced to stop specific practices such as direct mail or cold-calling until they reform their practices.