12 Nov 2015
The Fundraising Standards Board and the Institute of Fundraising Standards Committee should be abolished and replaced with a new, more powerful regulator, a government-commissioned review of fundraising regulation has said.
The Institute of Fundraising has today announced a ban on the selling of donor data to third parties as part of a number of changes made to its Code of Fundraising Practice.
Large charities have been “remarkably and worryingly slow” to respond to criticism of their fundraising, and to apologise for unacceptable practices, the incoming chair of the Fundraising Standards Board has said.
The Cabinet Office has announced that it has accepted all of the proposals made in the Etherington Review, including the Fundraising Preference Service, as part of a crackdown on "unethical" fundraising.
The Advertising Standards Authority has said will not investigate the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Heart Disease is Heartless’ TV advert, despite it receiving over 200 complaints from the public.
The move to longer term funding is great; this is one of the biggest complaints we get from the young people that we work with; they often ask "why is it that as soon as they get a project/activity that we like and benefit from, it gets taken away."
The wider fundraising sector has offered mixed responses to the recommendations of the Etherington Review, with particular concern reserved for recommendations which could limit contact with donors.
The Fundraising Standards Board has said it is "very disappointed" that a review of fundraising has called for it to be abolished, and said a "properly resourced" FRSB would be more effective than a new regulator.
The last year saw the slowest growth in the the charity retail sector in more than a decade, according to figures published in the Charity Shops Survey 2015.
After an unprecedented summer of media and public scrutiny, the sector needs to change, says Richard Turner. Fundraisers can win the public and increase the amounts they raise at the same time.