Fundraising preferences, new charity law briefings

Updates on Fundraising Preference Service proposals and imminent charities legislation.

Small charity concerns on FPS reset button

Civil Society News has a report back from the forum held recently for small charities (4th February) on the fundraising regulation proposals, in particular the Fundraising Preference Service. The “reset button” approach was a focus of concern:

“A ‘reset’ will happen because of one piece of direct mail from a large charity without understanding the relationships (with smaller, more local, charities) will stop.”

Institute of Fundraising/Small Charities Coalition survey results show that respondents are ‘not very familiar’ or ‘not at all familiar’ with the review of fundraising self-regulation. Significant work is needed to raise awareness amongst smaller charities. The news item links through to the full survey results (pdf, 831KB).

Update You can also see a video recording of the forum (cookies required).

Charity law overview

With the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act only now needing Royal Assent to become law, summaries of what the legislation will mean for the sector are beginning to appear.

On the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network, ‘The Charities Act: what you need to know‘ is a reasonable starter.

Also see earlier VoluntaryNews coverage: Final stages for new charities legislation.