David Cameron has stated that some fundraisers’ activities are damaging the reputation of the charity sector.
A series of recent events, resulting in individuals being intimidated, has called for there to be new legislation updating the Charities Act. The amendments are aimed at ensuring that charities and organisations, which raise money, clearly state in their contracts how vulnerable people are to be protected, and whether further action ought to be taken. Several fundraising enterprises have already confirmed they will strengthen protection.
Under the new law, all charities with an income of over £1m will have to detail their fundraising approach in their trustees’ annual report. This will include stating the use of professional fundraising organisations and their policy for preventing aggressive, high-pressure fundraising activities targeting the vulnerable, including the elderly and people with mental health conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson stated that the new law would have “some impact on charities” in terms of revenue, but said they would lose out “if these scandals continue to go on”. Furthermore, failure to not act accordingly could result in full regulation of the charity sector that “would incur big costs for charities”. To prevent charities avoiding implementation of the new law, a review panel has been established by the government.
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