10 Sep 2015
Telephone agency R Fundraising will close with the loss of 99 jobs, its parent company has announced - making it the second fundraising agency to close in a week.
Fundraising directors at Oxfam, the NSPCC, Macmillan and the British Red Cross have been the subjects of personal attacks in the Daily Mail’s latest article on charities and their practices.
Dame Esther Rantzen told an audience of fundraisers yesterday that many of their practices were "harassing" and that "it's a shame it took a death" to make the sector realise that it "obviously" needs to change.
On Monday the court of appeal awarded £164,000 to the estranged daughter of a woman who left her entire £500,000 estate to charity. Emily Corfe finds the sector concerned about the implications for legacy giving.
Short term thinking at large charities is damaging the sector and causing fundraisers to lose faith with their own profession, says Stephen Lee, professor of nonprofit management at Cass Business School.
The challenge isn't with telephone fundraising, direct mail or 'chugging' per se. The challenge is treating donors as people worthy of respect.
Charities must amend their fundraising practices or face government legislation, the leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling suggested yesterday.
The government will legislate to restrict how charities raise funds from vulnerable people and has asked Sir Stuart Etherington to conduct a review of self-regulation, according to a statement released today.
Reform of self-regulation should come from the charity sector, but the government will step in if it is necessary to stop “the goodwill of the public haemorrhaging away”, charities minister Rob Wilson has said.