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The Regulatory Framework for Fundraising in Europe

by Eszter Hartay; Ivana Rosenzweigová

Nov 1, 2017

This study compares the legal framework for fundraising in 16 European countries.The research focuses on the regulation of fundraising by CSOs, defined as soliciting voluntary philanthropic contributions from individuals, corporations and grant-making organizations.



  • It examines options for both statutory regulation and self-regulation.

  • It draws upon international legal instruments, country laws and regulations, articles and studies, and maps out a broad spectrum of issues affecting fundraising, from reporting requirements to penalties to restrictions on cross-border donations.

  • It features case studies on Slovakia, the United Kingdom, and Spain, which provide concrete insights on the regulation of fundraising in countries from different regions and with different legal system and philanthropic cultures.

  • The report covers 16 countries from all regions of Europe; 21 international and regional documents; 65 laws and regulations; 101 secondary resources; 30 links and websites; 3 case studies.


This report is a first step towards further research to assess the impact and implementation of legislation and self-regulation fundraising. A summary is available: http://ecnl.org/publications/regulatory-framework-fundraising-europe/