10 Mar 2014
The Institute of Fundraising has suggested Wandsworth Council to take its complaints about street fundraising to the Fundraising Standards Board, even though the FRSB does not have jurisdiction over such complaints. Following last week’s clash between the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) and Wandsworth Council over the presence of face-to-face fundraisers in Tooting, the Institute stepped in to support the PFRA in its stance against the council.
Not enough money has been put into fundraising research, according to the Fundraising Standards Board and Public Fundraising Regulatory Association. The two bodies are calling on the Economic and Social Research Centre (ESRC) to change its guidelines for the £600,000-round of research funding in January next year, arguing that research on fundraising has been neglected.
A charity has backed a Guardian journalist’s Twitter campaign against face-to-face fundraising. Ben Goldacre, author of the Bad Science column in the Guardian, begun a flurry of Twitter messages on Thursday when he tweeted that "Charity muggers mean your experience of walking down the street is defined by having to say 'no' all the time. This is really corrosive".
Sir Michael Parkinson has backed a campaign to prevent a charity from selling off an almshouse to developers. The television chat show veteran has become patron of the Friends of Jesus Hospital campaign to prevent the Jesus Hospital in Bray, an almshouse for elderly and poor parishioners, from being sold by Bristol Charities.
I would support the involvement of stakeholders in the debate on pay but it does also need to involve chairs as they are the ones who understand the realisties of hiring the quality of staff that charities need to prosper.
The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has hit back at public attacks on face-to-face fundraising by two London councils. Westminster City Council last week reported it had renegotiated its draft agreement with the PFRA, while Wandsworth Council condemned the organisation for failing to respond to its concerns regarding the practice in Tooting.
The Adventure Capital Fund has announced that the format of the £70m Communitybuilders Fund has been agreed and that it will open on Monday 7 September. The fund is designed to provide “a mix of loans, grants and mentoring support to a range of community anchor-type organisations across England”.
The little black dress has long been hailed as staple of women’s wardrobes, but one fundraiser has taken commitment to the LBD to a new level. New Yorker Sheena Matheiken is wearing the same black dress every day for a year to raise money for charity and awareness of sustainable fashion in a one-woman campaign she has called The Uniform Project.
Higher rate tax payers should automatically receive full tax relief according to the Institute of Fundraising, which today renews calls for reform The Institute has delivered a proposal to the Treasury calling for it to consolidate the donation tax relief for higher rate taxpayers into one process, potentially increasing values by two thirds.