Campaigning and advocacy
In recent years charities have faced a number of attacks on their freedom to campaign and advocate on behalf of their beneficiaries. This includes the introduction of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, the attempted introduction of anti-advocacy clauses in government grants and the Charity Commission’s announcement that charities should only campaign on the EU referendum in exceptional circumstances.
Charities must be allowed and encouraged to campaign in order to further their charitable objectives. Civil society leaders should have the confidence and freedom to campaign to meet their organisation’s charitable objectives no matter who the organisation receives funding from at whatever point in the election cycle.
In April 2017, ACEVO published Speaking frankly, acting boldly, our flagship report on charity campaigning. You can read more about this here.
Following the calling of a general election for June 2017, we produced a briefing on what campaigning activity is allowed. Download our briefing here.
ACEVO was also a founding member of Lord Harries' Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement, a coalition of over 100 charities and campaign groups formed to campaign around the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.