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- Manchester Conference Centre
The 2016 Charities Act brought into statute some of the key recommendations and reforms for fundraising. In addition to existing requirements charities now require agreements with commercial fundraisers that are clear about standards, ethics, how they protect the public (including vulnerable members of the public) and how the charity monitors compliance with agreed fundraising terms. The Code of Fundraising Practice sets out the key principles, behaviours and legal requirements that the sector must comply with to ensure fundraising is open, honest, respectful and legal.
Recommendations in the recent Committee report include more support for charities’ core costs, longer contracts and more training and skills development for charity trustees in order to improve the strength of charity governance. The report outlines additional support for charities with digital technology and innovation, making the case for bringing in digital expertise, and for infrastructure bodies to share knowledge and best practice on innovation and training opportunities.
The Charity Commission has significant new powers to issue an official warning to charities or trustees where it believes there has been misconduct or mismanagement, or a breach of trust or duty. Further protective powers that have come into force include the power to direct a charity to wind up and the power to direct charities to not take a particular action.
In response to widespread media allegations of unethical practices employed in fundraising activities, the Government set up an independent review into the regulation of Charity Fundraising. Following Sir Stuart Etherington’s review a PACAC inquiry made clear that this is the last chance for self-regulation for the sector stating that it is essential that the Etherington system is made to work effectively. What are the challenges, issues and barriers to implementing fundraising reforms and how can the sector overcome them?
There was consensus amongst the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry that trustees had failed in their duty to extend their governance to fundraising, particularly in the management of sub-contractors, and in support of Sir Stuart Etherington’s proposals.
Charities that are legally required to have their accounts audited must also now state in their trustee Annual Report the charity’s approach, monitoring and strategic aims for fundraising, how complaints have been received and managed, and what the charity has done to protect vulnerable people from unreasonable intrusion.
Addressing the challenges for the sector in complying with GDPR (EU data protection), particularly around marketing, fundraising and donor information.
The 2016 Charity Act gives charities a statutory power to make social investments. When making any social investments the legal and regulatory framework requires trustees to consider whether to obtain any advice on proposed social investments and satisfy themselves that it in the interests of the charity in line with strategic aims or achieving a financial return.
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