Meningitis Research Foundation is registered as a charity and a company, and there are legal frameworks for both that govern what we may and may not do.
In addition, there are several other regulatory bodies and sector groups which set standards for many aspects of our work. We see this as incredibly important. By committing to these organisations and the principles they uphold we set expectations for you and all our staff. And by openly reporting on our behaviour and activity against these standards we make ourselves accountable to both these organisations, and to you.
Companies House keeps a register of all UK-based companies.
You can view the principles of our constitution, find out about our Directors, and download our financial accounts and Trustees’ annual reports, also available on this website here
The Charity Commission is a UK government body that holds charities to account for acting in accordance with charity law.
Outside England and Wales
Meningitis Research Foundation’s main office and operations are in Bristol, UK so The Charity Commission is our principal regulator.
We also have offices and staff in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin, Ireland. Therefore we are also registered as a charity in these countries and are committed to adhering to the principles set out by their equivalent regulators. These are:
Association of Medical Research Charities
The AMRC is the national membership organisation for health and medical research charities. We pay to be a member of the AMRC and are bound by the standards it sets for delivering high-quality research.
The Fundraising Regulator is the independent regulator of charitable fundraising. We pay a voluntary fee for this regulation and have committed to operate to the standards it sets. Members of the public can complain to the Fundraising Regulator.
Our Summer and Winter raffles are regulated, and we report on these to the Gambling Commission.
This is the membership body for organisations that provide helpline services, ensuring high-quality service delivery.
Information Commissioners Office
We are answerable to the ICO for how we protect and use personal information. This is very important given the sensitive information we hold on families affected, and the fundraising work we carry out.
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
The NCVO champions the voluntary sector by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations.
International Aid Transparency Initiative
MRF publish information through IATI about our overseas projects and spending to improve transparency about our work to defeat meningitis here.
Dóchas sets a standard for the use of imagery relating to international aid. We use these standards for all of our work whether in the UK, Ireland, or globally.
CFG Counter Fraud Pledge
Fraud costs the charity sector an estimated £1.9 billion every year. No organisation can be completely immune to fraud, but we can take steps to minimise the risks.
Therefore we have signed up to the CFG Counter Fraud Pledge, which helps us to raise awareness amongst our staff, reduce the risks, and build trust in Meningitis Research Foundation.
These regulators ensure that we maintain the highest standards. If you do not feel we have met your expectations, you can contact us at any time with any concerns or complaints