It's time we reclaimed the C-word
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It's time we reclaimed the C-word

11 Feb 2016

Vicky Browning makes the case for taking back ownership of the word 'charity' and suggests some steps that the sector can take.

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Pratting about - the National Bullying Helpline scandal

The breach of confidentiality at the National Bullying Helpline undermines the organisation's ability to fulfill its charitable purpose. The charity does not exist to play party politics.

Bad call - the Pell & Bales telephone fundraising scandal

Telephone fundraising agencies are an easy target - as the recent News of the World attack shows - and fundraisers should defend them because they are critical to the success of our charity's work.

Making the most of a moment

I have been known to say out loud that I think charities don't always capitalise on current affairs as well as they might, so today I would like to hail the British Heart Foundation.

Uncharitable perhaps, but immune to personal greed

After mulling over the central idea contained within Dan Pallotta’s revolutionary new book Uncharitable for a few days, there is something in it that worries me.

The challenge isn't with telephone fundraising, direct mail or 'chugging' per se. The challenge is treating donors as people worthy of respect.

» It's time to cut telephone fundraisers some slack

Does the FRSB offer value for money?

The Fundraising Standards Board has recently announced a new phase of development in its strategy to secure public trust and confidence in charity fundraising. With a range of objectives looking both inward and outward, many members are being asked to stump up more cash. Some of the top ten names from PF’s Most Influential People in Fundraising are happy to voice their unequivocal support, but are will we get value for money?

Gary

The other night a colleague and I found ourselves heading out after work to the busy opening of an art exhibition in Paddington, a well heeled suburb of Sydney. Proceeds from some sales in the exhibition were going to one of our clients, ANTaR (Aboriginal Native Title and Reconciliation). Gary Highland, ANTaR’s always impressive chief executive, made a speech welcoming us to the event.

So is Higher Education really a charitable cause?

Having been fundraising for nearly 25 years, mostly in Higher Education (HE) you would expect me to answer "yes" to the question "is HE a charitable cause?" So what is the compelling message that is enabling fundraising to have big impacts in HE? Last year the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge each raised more than £100 million, and for many universities, gifts of £1 million or more are becoming sufficiently frequent that they are no longer big news.

The sector is not always the solution for its own ills

While charities have the best intentions, they are not always in the best position to solve the problems that affect the industry as a whole.

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