10 Sep 2015
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.
The Daily Mail has claimed that fundraisers targeted individuals with dementia and used a loophole to try to dodge Telephone Preference Service rules after an investigation into agency GoGen.
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.
Telephone fundraising agency GoGen has announced plans to stop trading and close all four of its offices, with the loss of 485 jobs.
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.
The challenge isn't with telephone fundraising, direct mail or 'chugging' per se. The challenge is treating donors as people worthy of respect.
The Daily Mail has for the first time carried a headline saying that charities were not to blame for Olive Cooke's death, two months after the family first said this was the case.
Bernard Jenkin, chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, has said that charity bosses will be called before the committee in the autumn, warning that MPs are likely to recommend fresh legislation to regulate fundraising.
Just 2 per cent of the FRSB's membership are responsible for 46 per cent of all fundraising complaints, according to the Fundraising Standards Board Complaints Report 2015, published today.