Information from fundraising regulation summit

The ‘fundraising summit’ held by NCVO on Friday (4th December), discussing the next steps in fundraising regulation, was watched by some 1500 people online, with the room itself packed with over 100.

The Guardian has a relatively short overview of the key points, and the sub-headings are an even briefer pointer:

  • The Etherington report recommendations are going to happen.
  • Trustees are going to be expected to take a lot more responsibility.
  • There is a scope for charities to influence the details.
  • But perhaps not that much time.

George Kidd, chair of the Direct Marketing Commission*, was announced as chair of the working group tasked with developing proposals on the implementation of the Fundraising Preference Service.

Civil Society News breaks down their coverage into separate pieces:

The new Fundraising Regulator and Fundraising Preference Service “must be up and running by the end of 2016” and a chief executive should be appointed by Christmas, according to Lord Grade, who is the initial chair of the regulator.

Civil society minister Rob Wilson said that the charity sector should “calm down” about the introduction of a Fundraising Preference Service. He didn’t see it becoming the “default way” that donors dealt with charities.

Also see Civil Society news in-depth piece ‘More questions than answers: what did we learn from the Fundraising Review Summit?

See, or read, the summit record

You can watch a recording of the event on NCVO’s website. There is also a separate short article with links to some of the main speeches and presentations.

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s email Briefing says:

If you have time to listen to the last hour or so of the summit (starting with when Lord Grade speaks) you will get a really good feel for the priorities of Lord Grade and George Kidd, both of whom will play a key role in this, and also a good feel for concerns raised by charities.


* The DMC is the independent body responsible for dealing with complaints over possible non compliance with the Direct Marketing Association Code.