Last week, representatives from the Information Commissioner’s Office, Fundraising Regulator and the Charity Commission met in Manchester. The Fundraising Regulation Consent Conference was aimed at helping charities and other fundraising groups to comply with the law around current data protection best practice and the upcoming GDPR changes.
The representatives were joined by several charities, higher education institutions, trustees and consultants – all with a vested interest in being well prepared for the changes ahead. The Town Hall in Manchester was packed to the brim with fundraisers, with many more tuning into the intermittent live video stream from their desks, waiting with baited breath to hear what the representatives had to say about the future of fundraising.
This post won’t recap the conference (although there are several recaps for you to view, from storifys that capture the tone of the conference amongst its attendees to a more serious overview of the IOF’s top ten takeaways), however it aims to provide you with a pulse check of the sector to inform you of what is happening behind the scenes.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with everything that’s going on around us but how do you keep track of what’s important amongst the noise? We’ve put together some useful information and insights from around the sector for you – read below and stay informed.
Along with these important updates, there are also important opinion pieces from several influential UK fundraisers providing their thoughts on last week’s conference. The assumptions made by the ICO, in terms of how the sector operates, are something every fundraiser should be aware of. We have a responsibility to each other, to our donors and to our beneficiaries to help the ICO to understand our business better than it currently does through positive examples of best practice and data-supported evidence of the thoughts and feelings of those we communicate with.
‘Time to claim the high ground, but problems still remain’ – Adrian Beney, Partner, More Partnership
‘Fundraisers and the ICO are further apart than ever before’ – Hugh Radojev, Senior Reporter for Civil Society UK
‘A proposed solution to allow early-stage major gifts fundraising in the UK to be Data Protection compliant’ – Adrian Salmon, Consultant, Grenzebach Glier and Associates