Professional fundraisers are controlled (in so far as that happens) mainly by state governments.
laws and other prescriptions in the form of
regulations and policies which are administered by a state
agency often the same government agency which looks after gambling,
horse races and drinking alcohol. There are also codes of practice
produced by governments, peak bodies like FIA and even astonishingly by
professional fundraisers - astonishing because some well known
charities who refuse to align themselves with peak body and government
industry standards are only subject to inadequate codes of practice
designed by professional fundraising companies. It's an indication of
the control that professional fundraisers have over the charities they
work for. Codes of practice
binding like laws and regulations. They are a bit like good advice that
can be ignored. Members of the FIA, a non-govt peak body are bound to
with the FIA code of practice. Some state govts also have a code of
practice for charitable fundraising. Because charitable
fundraising may be a form
of gambling OR a donation, there may be two separate
government agencies and sets of laws & regulations which cover
different forms of fundraising. Laws and regulations concerning
fundraising involving some form of gambling such as a raffle or art
union is usually referred to as gaming law. Fundraising involving
just donations is usually covered by what is called charitable
collections law. When gaming is involved it might still be required
by the operators of say a raffle to comply with any relevant aspects
of the charitable collections law.
when people talk to telemarketers who call about a fundraising raffle
they almost invariably use the term donate
It is their understanding that going into a raffle is the same as
making a donation. The
telemarketers rarely if ever disabuse them of this because it is in their interest that the public supporter does not know this.
Allowing the member of the public to think that they are donating
helps them to conceal the issue of how much is actually going to
charity and how much is being paid in raffle costs, commission and
This is especially effective when dealing with people deprived of
relevant information, which in this context would be just about
everyone - including and especially those
who for a range of reasons are not effective in accessing and
processing information - and who
in large number are the innocent, generous souls who find there way onto
telemarketing call lists.
state has its own rules and the rules across the states are somewhat
similar but there are also significant differences. Telemarketing
know very little (because they are taught very little) about their own
industry and very little even about the charity they are calling
to raise funds for. They are trained to SELL and everything they are
taught is tailored to serve that purpose.
Professional fundraisers prefer doing raffles and art unions rather than donations only campaigns. They enable the fundraisers to bang on about prizes and fudge the detail of what the money will be spent on. So you will need to know what applies to these forms of fundraising mainly.