1st Edition

Regulating Charities The Inside Story

Edited By Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Bob Wyatt Copyright 2017
    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this volume charity commissioners and leading charity policy reformers from across the world reflect on the aims and objectives of charity regulation and what it has achieved. Regulating Charities represents an insider’s review of the last quarter century of charity law policy and an insight for its future development.

    Charity Commissioners and nonprofit regulatory agency heads chart the nature of charity law reforms that they have implemented, with a ‘warts and all’ analysis. They are joined by influential sector reformers who assess the outcomes of their policy agitation. All reflect on the current state of charities in a fiscally restrained environment, often with conservative governments, and offer their views on productive regulatory paths available for the future.

    This topical collection brings together major charity regulation actors, and will be of great interest to anyone concerned with contemporary third sector policy-making, public administration and civil society.


    1. Introduction

    Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Bob Wyatt

    Part England and Wales

    2. Towards Regulation: Modernising the Original Charity Commission

    Richard Fries

    3. The Reforming Regulator

    Lindsay Driscoll

    4. Reflections on Modernising and Reforming Regulation

    Sir Stuart Etherington

    Part United States of America

    5. Challenged Regulators

    Marcus Owens

    6. Reflections on Challenged Regulators

    Elizabeth T. Boris and Cindy M. Lott

    Part Canada

    7. The Prevention of Harm Regulator

    Terry de March

    8. Reflections on the Long and Winding Road of Regulation

    Bob Wyatt

    Part New Zealand

    9. The Evanescent Regulator

    Trevor Garrett

    10. Reflections on Regulatory Accountability

    Sue Barker

    Part Australia

    11. The Digital Regulator

    Susan Pascoe

    12. Reflections on Birthing a Regulator

    Ursula Stephens

    Part Conclusion

    13. Conclusion

    Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Bob Wyatt


    Myles McGregor-Lowndes is a professor and the founding Director of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at the QUT Business School, Australia.

    Bob Wyatt is executive director of The Muttart Foundation, a private Canadian foundation that has engaged in issues of charity regulation for more than two decades.