5 Jul 2016
The Charity Commission has today published its updated CC20 guidance, outlining the responsibilities of charity trustees when it comes to their charity’s fundraising activities and values.
The Sunday Times has criticised charities for spending too much on fundraising, after a Charity Commission investigation found a small number of organisations had spent over 60 per cent of their income on direct mail.
The Fundraising Regulator has today published a discussion paper on its the levy and registration fees, which will see charities pay up to £10,000 a year, with small charities paying proportionately more than large ones.
The Fundraising Standards Board has found that the Dogs Trust breached the Code of Fundraising Practice after agency NTT made a call on the charity’s behalf to a potential donor registered on the Telephone Preference Service.
I am not against more effective regulation but the driver for this regulation must be based on sounder footings than just to appease the media because the media will be back with negative stories regardless.
All ten charities named by the Charity Commission for scrutiny over their use of direct mail share the same charity law firm, Bircham Dyson Bell, but the firm has said it was acting in good faith, and criticised the regulator.
A GoFundMe page dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox MP, who was killed in her constituency last week, has now raised over £800,000 for three separate charities and is likely to raise over £1m by the end of today.
On Sunday a Charity Commission study revealed details of ten charities which spent up to 90 per cent of their income on direct mail. Hugh Radojev investigates and finds poor practice which needs to be dealt with.
The new Fundraising Regulator aims to be operational in four weeks’ time, its head of policy said earlier this week.