29 Oct 2013
The number of donors signed up via street fundraising in 2012/13 fell by nearly half in what the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has admitted is “by far the worst year” for street fundraising recruitment.
WSPA, Maggies Centres and the Leprosy Mission are among a number of charities using a new service that is aiming to shake up the way the charity/agency relationships operate.
Swindon town centre is hiring six uniformed "wardens' who will look to restrict face-to-face fundraisers operating outside the town's booking policy which charges agencies for fundraising in the town.
The Institute of Fundraising is one of the organisations owed money as a result of the recent Dialog Group restructure. The Institute will not confirm exactly how much is owed, but PF understands it to be a few thousand pounds in outstanding payments for exhibition stands at last year’s National Convention.
If this succeeds it will sound the death knell to the gift aid regime, which was set up by the government to encourage donors to give generously by handing across to the charity the basic rate tax that the donor had suffered on the amount they were now giving away. If a mechanism is now found to simply force HMRC to hand over the tax but at no cost to the donor whatsoever (and indeed if you are a higher rate tax payer a mechanism that reduces your tax bill), then the government will have no choice but to shut down the gift aid regime.
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has sought to justify an apparent 72 per cent drop in its funding to the voluntary and community sector between 2005 and 2006.
Tesco may have announced this week that its 2007 Charity of the Year partnership with the British Red Cross has raised £4.4m, but in Manchester the supermarket has contributed to raising cash for charity in a more obscure, albeit rather less lucrative manner.
Online and major gift fundraising in the US were major contributors to growth in the amount raised by American fundraisers last year, according to the Association of Fundraising Professional's 2006 State of Fundraising survey, which found that 69 per cent of charities raised more money in 2006 than 2005, a six point increase.