Fundraising

A Wealth of Data – Using Public Information

The latest investigation by the Daily Mail into the use of publicly-available personal information has hit the headlines. This time, the activities of university alumni and development teams is under the spotlight. Sadly, it’s the same mixture of issues first aired into the conduct of charities back in late 2016. The article has the same, …

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Taking the ‘Con’ out of ‘Consent’

Taking the ‘Con’ out of ‘Consent’ In many ways, the GDPR is not very different to the Data Protection Act. This is true for the requirement to justify which of the six lawful “basis for processing” you are relying on to legitimise the processing (activity) in question. Some have been, and remain clear: in life …

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FPS Goes Live!

This week the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) was launched by the Fundraising Regulator, in response to concerns about charity marketing, which have been raised over the last couple of years and in anticipation of the more stringent controls on the use of personal data that GDPR will bring. The FPS is an online tool that …

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Charities face £25k fines for pestering? Maybe, maybe not…

The frontpage headline of The Daily Telegraph today, 4th July 2017 – “Charities face £25k fines for pestering” – risks bluring some key issues. The Fundraising Regulator is about the launch the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS). Rightly they are keen to promote this. But the Fundraising Regulator has no powers to issue fines. That still …

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Fundraising Factsheet: Consent, confusion and clarity

Those attending Fundraising Week recently could be forgiven for scratching their heads and leaving none the wiser about the future of fundraising. Rob Wilson MP, the Minister for Civil Society, called on charities to prepare for ‘opt-in’ for fundraising – noting that the focus should be less on the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) and more …

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Do you agree? Getting consent projects right

With new guidance from the Fundraising Regulator and ICO, and the GDPR now almost visible on the horizon, many organisations are feeling the need to take action about consent. This is understandable; if you send campaigning, fundraising or awareness raising materials (i.e. send Direct Marketing) to donors, supporters or volunteers via electronic channels you need …

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“We’ve always done it this way” – What the future of fundraising is not

At the unprecedented gathering in Manchester, the Fundraising Regulator launched their long-awaited guidance – and the ICO made clear that charities are at a crossroads when it comes to using personal information for their fundraising, promotional and campaigning activities. There were a number of key messages worth noting from the ICO’s keynote speech: “We’ve always …

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Big red button goes back in its box – what the FPS now means for you

Sir Stuart Etherington’s report on “Regulating Fundraising for the Future” included the recommendations for the creation of a Fundraising Preference Service (“FPS”). The initial proposal for a “big red button” – which would have stopped all charities from sending fundraising communications to an individual who signed up to the FPS – has been changed significant …

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