The survey was carried out in advance of a new set of fundraising guidelines for charities from the regulator, which put the onus on collectors to respect donors and operate with integrity and honesty.
Mr Farrelly said he believed the guidelines were proportionate and fair.
“We will require the trustees of each registered charity to be able to explain and justify their approach to fundraising, particularly if they decide not to follow good practice,” he told a gathering of charity officials in Dublin.
He added: “I won’t speak on any individual case but we were all disappointed with what we saw happening over the last number of years.”
The consultation by the Charities Regulator found the biggest concern among donors is the potential misuse of funds.
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