10 Mar 2014
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service is planning to appeal a fine of £200,000 issued by the data security regulator after an anti-abortion hacker gained access to thousands of client names, addresses and phone numbers and threatened to publish them.
Most days we are rung at Thames Reach by somebody who wants to help the homeless; it is really rather gratifying. Media bods come with propositions intended to shed fresh light on ‘The Plight of the Homeless’. The Big Idea often involves them sleeping rough on the street to give a ‘down and dirty’ account of what it is like to be a rough sleeper. Quite often they are genuinely unaware that a proposal of this type is put to us at least once a month.
Guide Dogs has launched its own virtual gifts website to capitalise on the pre-Christmas shopping rush. The 'Dog-e-gifts' site went live last week, along with a catalogue. The charity hopes to raise £200,000 in Christmas sales as a result of the initiative which gives donors a more tangible donation option.
The Institute of Fundraising is drawing together a coalition to fight against proposed changes to the European Union Data Protection Directive, which could impose tougher restrictions on fundraising Europe-wide. The EU has established a working party, Article 19 Working Party, to investigate possible changes to the directive which could involve limiting the ability of organisations to access personal data for fundraising calls.
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has announced that it has failed to come to an agreement with its benefactor the Lloyds Banking Group to ensure its future funding.
Think tanks should be required by law to list all their donors and the amount of their donations, every year. We would probably find that, indirectly, they are as heavily funded by government as charities but with a lot less value to society.
Donor circles have been floating around a few US organisations for more than a decade, but can the major donor fundraising technique gain traction in the UK?
Acevo and the Directory of Social Change have voiced serious doubts about the proposed updates to the Compact in response to the Refreshing the Compact consultation.
A new guide highlighting the tax incentives of corporate giving has been launched by the government, acknowledging that tax efficient giving is underused and misunderstood. A Guide to Giving for Business was launched late last week by minister for the Cabinet Office Tessa Jowell on behalf of the Office of the Third Sector, HMRC and HM Treasury.
25 Mar 2014