The Swedish Fundraising Control is a non profit association. Our Principals are The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv), The Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (Saco) and The Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO).
The association is led by a board, where each principal appoints a member and a substitute member. The members in the board appoint a chairman, who must be legally trained and experienced as a Justice. The Secretary General of The Swedish Fundraising Control is part of the board.
The association was founded in 1980 under the name "Stiftelsen för Insamlingskontroll, SFI", by FAR (The professional institute for authorized public accountants, approved public accountents and other highly qualified professionals in the accountancy sector in Sweden), The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv), The Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (Saco) and The Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO).
The Swedish Fundraising Control took over the monotoring of fundraising among the public which since 1943 had been exercised by The Board of Inspection for Enterprises (Näringslivets Granskningsnämnd). 1943 The Board of Inspection for Enterprises entered into an agreement with The The Board of The Royal Post Office which stated that the organisations which The Board of Inspection for Enterprises was monotoring could recive a specific postal giro account with six digits starting with 90. Nowadays we have an agreement with Nordea and the accounts are referred to as PlusGiro. An extra control number has also been added, as to why the 90-accounts of today has seven digits.
Since 2006, Swedish Fundraising Control also has a similar agreement with Bankgirocentralen. Bankgirocentralen is owned by many banks. This means that foundations, non profit associations and religious communities with seven digit PlusGiro accounts and Bankgiro number starting with 90 has been approved and are monitored by us. July the first of 2009 we changed name to The Swedish Fundraising Control.
The Swedish Fundraising Control has since 2006 an agreement with the four Swedish mobile phone operators - TeliaSonera, Telenor, Tele2 and Tre - regarding subscription for "premium SMS fundraising number 72 900 - 72 999". Money can be donated through anSMS by these numbers. The numbers in these series can only be given to organizations that we have approved as 90-accountholders.
The organizations that we approve as 90-accountholders are not members in our association. Each board member and deputy is included in an agreement with the Swedish Fundraising Control with a declaration to comply with the Swedish Fundraising Control’s rules.
The aim of The Swedish Fundraising Control is to work to ensure that fundraising activities among the public for humanitarian, charitable and culture purposes, environmental protection, conservation of nature and other public benefit aims is safely monitored, that collections are not burdened with excessive costs, that sound marketing techniques are used in fundraising activities and appropriate methods for fundraising control is developed.
We give out standards and instructions for the 90-account holders, and provide holders with advice when needed.
Our standards and instructions must be followed by all the organizations that we have approved as 90-account holders.
We provide information for the public regarding the organizations that has a 90-account.
Several 90-account holders transfer their raised funds to different recipients abroad. We monitor as far as possible that funds really ends up in the right hands. We cooperate internationally with monitoring organizations in other countries through our membership in ICFO - International Committee on Fundraising Organizations.
FRII, The Swedish Fundraising Council
A number of 90-account holders are members of the branch organization FRII, The Swedish Fundraising Council.