Here’s the latest news update from Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO of the NCVO, following the review of fundraising regulation:
As you may be aware, the minister for civil society, Rob Wilson, accepted the review’s recommendations. In doing so, he agreed to make the appointment of the first chair of the new fundraising regulator that the review proposed.
Chair of new regulator appointed
On Tuesday the minister announced Michael Grade, Lord Grade of Yarmouth, as the interim chair. Lord Grade will have responsibility for getting the new regulator up and running. Lord Grade is a substantial figure with the experience to drive through the changes that must be made. He is a highly experienced chair, having chaired both the BBC Board of Governors and been executive chairman of ITV. He has a clear commitment to public service along with a strong understanding of marketing, not least from his seven years as chairman of Ocado. I have every confidence that under his leadership the new fundraising regulator will become the body it needs to be in order to secure public trust.
Separately, you may have seen that the Institute of Fundraising/PFRA have asked the largest fundraising charities to contribute set-up costs for the new regulator. In addition, the Charities Aid Foundation have agreed to hold the funds in trust and provide a working capital facility, in order to help establish the new body. These are helpful steps to ensure that the new regulator can start its work as soon as possible.
I am looking forward to meeting Lord Grade shortly. I’ll be making clear to him that the fundraising regulator has a vital role to do in securing public trust in charities. It is also crucial that it, and the fundraising preference service it will be responsible for, work for charities of all types and sizes.
Summit meeting – how you can take part
I believe it’s important that those involved in setting up the new regulator keep charities up-to-date with what they are doing. I have offered to host a meeting to enable them to do so, with an opportunity for charities to ask questions. At the meeting, Rob Wilson and Lord Grade will set out the next steps in establishing the new fundraising regulator. William Shawcross, the chair of the Charity Commission, will provide an update on the Commission’s review of its fundraising guidance. Practically, there is a limit to how many people we can host at a time, so we will be livestreaming this meeting online and making sure you can feed in thoughts on Twitter or via email. Further details on this will follow. The meeting will take place on Friday 4 December from 11.00 to 13.00.
Fundraising preference service
I know many people have questions about how the proposed fundraising preference service will work in practice. The idea behind the service is to act as a service to charities and donors to ensure that those who do not wish to be contacted have a simple and effective way to express this preference. It is very important that the service works practically for charities and donors. To that end I am establishing a working group of fundraising practitioners and other relevant experts to determine how the service will work operationally. I will publish more details about this group shortly.