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Scots await guidelines on what to tell donors

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Scots await guidelines on what to tell donors

Fundraising | Gemma Ware | 1 Nov 2007

The Institute of Fundraising Scotland has recommended that professional fundraisers should not be required to tell donors the amount they are paid per hour or per supporter signed up. The recommendations come in a position paper from the Institute following a meeting held in September with the Scottish Executive in advance of the publication of new guidelines on fundraising remuneration statements.

The Institute is also concerned that not all types of contact with potential donors should require a statement, but that it should only cover the recruitment of donors on the street, door-to-door and by telephone. It also said professional fundraisers should not be expected to provide all answers about a charity, as the cost of training them would be “at enormous financial cost and of detriment to beneficiaries”.

A spokesman for the Scottish Executive said it was currently drafting proposals for the statement of remuneration. “We hope to lay those before parliament by the end of this year or certainly early next year,” he said.

Similar guidance on the wording of fundraising remuneration statements is due to be published later this year in England and Wales as part of the second commencement order of the Charities Act.

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