Share

FRSB urges the public to support its members at Christmas

FRSB urges the public to support its members at Christmas
News

FRSB urges the public to support its members at Christmas

Fundraising | Tania Mason | 2 Dec 2009

The Fundraising Standards Board is urging MPs around the country to encourage their constituents to give to charity this Christmas in a bid to bolster sector coffers depleted by the recession.

The sector’s self-regulatory body has already enlisted the help of charities minister Angela Smith who has agreed to promote the campaign to her constituents and persuade other MPs to do the same.

This public endorsement of the FRSB by the government will come as a relief to chief executive Alistair McLean and his team.  It was known that the government had been frustrated by the FRSB’s apparent inability to win the sector over, but the minister is reportedly happy with the regulator’s developments over the past year, in signing up more charities and handling issues within the sector. A spokesman for the Office of the Third Sector told Civil Society that Smith was “pleased with the progress”.

FRSB member numbers now stand at 1,152 organisations, up by 200 since February but still short of the target announced then of 1,200 members by June.  But McLean said he thought that 200 new members this year was a "fantastic result" and one he was sure would have been even better were it not for the recession.

The Christmas fundraising campaign advising donors they can ‘Give with confidence’ by choosing charities that sport the FRSB ‘tick’ logo, is a PR push only – the regulator does not have the resources for advertising.

A spokeswoman for the FRSB said: “It is primarily an MP and local media campaign, working to get the message out through MPs and providing them with the tools they need to do that.”

Public trusts charities with high fundraising standards

Meanwhile, the latest findings of nfpSynergy’s Charity Awareness Monitor suggest that having high fundraising standards is the best way to make people trust a charity.

Of a sample of 1,000 16+ year olds, 46 per cent said “high fundraising standards” would make them trust a charity, followed by “personal contact” (39 per cent) and a “long-established brand” (38 per cent).

Membership of the FRSB was listed as the fifth most trust-inducing factor, with 30 per cent.

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Diabetes UK reports income boost of 40 per cent following Tesco partnership

22 Sep 2014

A partnership between Diabetes UK and Tesco has contributed to an upturn of almost 40 per cent in the...

Kids Company could close without more government funding

22 Sep 2014

The chief executive of the children’s charity Kids Company has said that it is at risk of closure unless...

Labour to create legal definition of social enterprise

22 Sep 2014

The Labour party will create a legally binding definition of social enterprise, Chi Onwurah, the shadow...

Kids Company could close without more government funding

22 Sep 2014

The chief executive of the children’s charity Kids Company has said that it is at risk of closure unless...

Labour to focus on grant funding for charities

22 Sep 2014

Labour politicians last night unveiled a series of priorities for the voluntary sector, including a drive...

Lobbying Act comes into force today

19 Sep 2014

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 comes into...

JustGiving page for Manchester Dogs’ Home receives four donations a second

15 Sep 2014

JustGiving has said that donations going to an appeal for the Manchester Dogs’ Home following an arson...

Commission's new online charity search to launch soon after delay

15 Sep 2014

The Charity Commission’s searchable online register of charities is due to launch in beta this autumn,...

Charities warned that digital campaigns can be 'counterproductive'

9 Sep 2014

Charity digital campaigns can be counterproductive and will need to change to keep the attention of those...

Join the discussion

Twitter button

@CSFundraising