Small steps to new fundraising regulation regime

The first chair for the new fundraising regulatory body has been announced by the Cabinet Office as Michael Grade, one time head of Channel 4 and currently a Conservative peer. The news has been welcomed by NCVO and also the Institute of Fundraising. Official news release. Also see Civil Society News coverage.

A summit is also to take place, on 4th December, to explain further how recommendations in the Etherington Review will be put into practice. This is being held by NCVO, with the Minister for Civil Society and the chair of the Charity Commission in attendance, to “provide an update on steps taken and steps still to take in establishing the new fundraising regulator, and also the fundraising preference service, with some opportunity to discuss these.”

The quote is taken from an NCVO response in the comments to this Civil Society News article – this is worth reading further if you wish to be involved in any way in how things develop. While only the “top 50” fundraising charities have been invited to attend, the summit will also be live streamed, and a recording made for distribution too.

Note: Scotland’s own ‘summit’ (as previously mentioned by VoluntaryNews) is being held on 26th November in Edinburgh – see SCVO events notice for ‘Protecting Charities & Donors – Designing the Self Regulation of Fundraising in Scotland’.

Fundraising Preference Service – little enthusiasm but necessary?

Civil Society News has another recommended read ‘Where Now for the Fundraising Preference Service‘.

“Charities are right to worry about many aspects of the Fundraising Preference Service. But the sector must also accept that it is a direct result of poor fundraising practice.”

Scotland’s own approach continues

As mentioned above, Scotland has its own summit to consider how to progress with fundraising self-regulation north of the border. The scope for a differing conclusion from that for England and Wales is explored in an SCVO guest blog (by Ian MacQuillin) ‘Could Scotland lead the way in fundraising regulation?‘.

“… putting both key stakeholders at the centre leads to an acknowledgement that the duties that fundraisers owe to their beneficiaries (raise as much money for services as they can) might conflict with what their donors desire (asked less, not asked in certain ways, at certain times, etc).

“Ethical fundraising should seek to balance the duty of fundraisers to ask for support with the rights of donors not to be subjected to undue pressure to give. This requires more sophisticated regulation than simply restricting the things the public don’t like.”

And the Institute of Fundraising Scotland is seeking its members’ views separately. Third Force News article.