If your charity is one of the 138 charities "being subsidised" by levy-paying charities you may want to consider with your fellow trustees the potential for negative press coverage.

The comments of Lord Grade (Chair of the Fundraising Regulator) in the article below reflect much of what I spoke about in our Charity Law Annual Update seminars earlier this year.

I am in little doubt that the sector press will "name and shame" the non-paying charities and trustees should carefully consider whether this might impact upon your charity's capacity to raise future donations.

Would a donor look at your charity's failure to pay the levy (and in turn sign up to the Fundraising Regulator's standards) and think twice about making further gifts?

If there are good reasons for your charity not paying the levy, these reasons should be articulated. Otherwise you risk being branded with Lord Grade's "unacceptable and unprofessional" iron.