The introduction of the “rule of six” is forcing charities to reconsider their fundraising activities again as it is unclear whether the rules apply to community fundraising events organised by volunteers.
Whilst there are many exceptions to the rules around work and sporting events it is unclear if fundraising events fall into these categories.
The Fundraising Regulator and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (IoF) are working with the government on specific guidance for fundraising events and to get clarity around community fundraising.
Several charities have cancelled scheduled events including PARAS’10 endurance race in Colchester, originally scheduled for 7 November, which raises money for military charity Support Our Paras; Cycle Autumn, organised by St Giles Hospice in Lichfield, which was planned for mid-October; and Outfit Moray’s Cairngorm to Coast hike and bike challenge, which takes place in Scotland.
Organisers have cited the “rule of six” as the reason behind their decision.