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Charities say more should be done to protect donors’ rights
Press //03-02-2016

Charities say more should be done to protect donors’ rights

by Mark Dewell, SVP > Education, Government and Social Housing

74% of not-for-profit (NFP) organisations (including charities and membership organisations) agree more should be done to protect donors’ rights, according to a new study commissioned by Advanced Business Solutions (NFP)*. However, when thinking about future income, just under a half of NFPs agree that the Government legislation’s amendment to the UK Charities Bill, aimed at “protecting the vulnerable from rogue fundraisers” is likely to have a negative impact on their charity’s fundraising efforts.

Carried out in response to the current spotlight on charities’ fundraising practices, the study surveyed trustees, managers and employees in the third sector about their approach to fundraising and their reaction to the Government legislation.

Almost a third of NFPs admitted that their supporters say they have been contacted too often by them, whilst 23% stated that charities should communicate with their donors no more than once a month to ensure they protect their donors’ rights.

Not surprisingly 93% of those surveyed are aware of the new regulations aimed at curbing “aggressive” fundraising and “protecting the vulnerable from rogue fundraisers”.

58% of NFPs have the digital infrastructure in place to help them understand their supporters. 68% of these are able to segment their donor data by their contact preferences.

When asked about the most effective method for reaching their donors, 42% of respondents stated by letter, 28% by email and 9% by social media, indicating that NFPs are already addressing how best to engage with their donors responsibly and respectfully.

Simon Fowler, Managing Director Advanced Business Solutions (NFP), comments: “The survey findings highlight the challenges faced by charities with their fundraising practices. If charities don’t respect their supporters, there is a real danger of disconnecting both potential and loyal donors, losing their trust and confidence and ultimately their donations.

“The much debated Etherington Report highlights how charities are under increasing pressure to ensure they fundraise responsibly and that their donors’ rights are properly protected. The survey reveals that 42% of NFPs still do not have a digital infrastructure in place to help them understand their supporters. It is imperative that charities embrace technology. This will enable them to have a single view of their donor data and responsibly manage this, to understand their donors’ preferences and therefore engage appropriately.”

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Mark Dewell

Mark Dewell


SVP > Education, Government and Social Housing

Mark brings a track record of success in senior leadership positions in the software sector. Mark is renowned for ensuring customers benefit from connected technology solutions.

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