The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) last week published its report, The 2015 charity fundraising controversy: lessons for trustees, the Charity Commission, and regulators. PACAC concluded that the trustees of 4 large charities which had outsourced fundraising to external agencies were “either negligent, or wilfully blind to what was being done in their names”. While it is understandable to look for someone to blame, it is not clear how helpful or practical the conclusion is – trustees are volunteers and cannot be all-seeing and all-knowing. A blog from Andrew Purkis from Civil Society this week (extract below) provides a trustee’s response to the Committee’s criticism, accepting there are lessons to be learned but challenging the conclusion that the fundraising controversy was the result of “wilful blindness”. Fundraising remains in a state of flux, with the new Fundraising Regulator being established, new provisions going through Parliament in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill and the Charity Commission consulting on its guidance CC20 Charities and Fundraising – that consultation is open until 11 February 2016, so there is not much time left if you wish to comment. Against this background, it remains unclear what is expected of trustees of fundraising charities, but solutions more than criticism would be helpful.