10 Mar 2014
Having behavioural issues ignored has become an expectation - until now, that is. A trendy term is behavioural governance.
The chief executive of a telephone fundraising firm has written a white paper on the “miscarriage of justice” which prohibits charities from contacting members of the public, in the hope of reigniting debate. The Telephone Preference Service, developed in the late 1990s, allows individuals to opt out of receiving cold calls by imposing a blanket ban which also affects charities. Hugh McCaw, of Relationship Marketing, argues that having the same rules for telesales and charities is unfair and that opinion may have changed enough to enable a reform of the law.
New research on the most cost-effective forms of fundraising shows that newspaper advertising and direct mail are ranked last.
The Parkinson’s Disease Society (PDS) has recorded its most successful direct mail appeal, exceeding targets by more than a third. During Parkinson’s Awareness Week at the end of April, the charity launched a direct mail campaign focusing on the fact that scientific research into the disease is entering a critical stage.
I'm sorry that some MPs feel that being contacted by their constituents about issues, which those individuals obviously consider to be important, is a distraction from their work. But that's kind of what WE pay them (handsomely) for.
Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten and broadcaster Kim Catcheside have been appointed as trustees to the Charity Finance Directors’ Group (CFDG) for their “media and lobbying” skills.
The Christie charity has recouped the £6.5m it lost in the Icelandic banking collapse thanks to a funding injection from NHS North West, ending its nine-month battle to retrieve its funds. NHS North West today announced that with the start of its new financial year it had identified sufficient funds to bail out the Christie. The charity had filed for a judicial review against the Financial Services Compensation Scheme after it turned down its claim for £6.5m this March. However, Caroline Shaw (pictured), chief executive of the Christie, confirmed it would no longer pursue High Court action in view of the cash offer. The collapse of Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander has highlighted widespread confusion about what levels of protection are offered to charities under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
The RNLI has recruited the Royal Navy’s former chief operating officer as its new chief executive. Paul Boissier (pictured) recently retired from the Royal Navy in which he served for 35 years, reaching the rank of Vice Admiral. In 1999 he attended the London Business School for the Sloan Fellowship Masters Programme, for which he earned his MSc. Over the last two years, he was the Royal Navy’s chief operating officer, integrating the functions of HR, support, training, logistics and procurement to ensure that the Royal Navy could deploy around the world when required.
Boris Johnson got more than he bargained for while launching a campaign to promote the work of volunteer groups in the capital, during the 25th anniversary of Volunteers Week. The BBC reported that the Mayor of London took a fall in the River Pool in Lewisham last Thursday whilst helping to remove litter and plants from the river as part of the ‘3 Rivers Clean-Up Project’. Johnson took to the water with the Quaggy Waterways Action Group to help clean the Ravensbourne river system, but had to be aided by onlooking volunteers when he stumbled and lost his footing. The ungainly Mayor was caught on camera wading through the shallow water, before falling chest-deep in a deeper stretch of the river.