• Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel welcomes newly improved Code of Fundraising Practice

    The Independent Panel welcomes the newly improved Code of Fundraising Practice which comes into effect on October 1st 2019.

    These changes follow a consultation in autumn 2018, which focused on the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the current code.

    The changes, designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising, introduce a new layout which sees the standards restructured into three parts, with the welcome addition of a glossary of terms and legal appendices to the code.

    There will also be greater clarification of where there are differences in law in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The code has been written in Plain English and has been given a Crystal Mark standard.

    The existing code still applies, and complaints will continue to be considered against the version of the code in effect at the time of the incident; however the new code will be used as the basis for making decisions about any incidents that take place from October onwards.

  • We are looking for new Panel Members

    Would you like to join the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel?

    We are looking for new members to join the Panel who are committed to supporting the enhanced self-regulatory system of fundraising in Scotland and who will contribute to the Panel’s strategic thinking.

    The Panel’s core functions are:

    • to be responsible for fundraising standards in Scotland; and
    • to handle fundraising complaints related to Scottish registered charities.

    The formal time commitment would include attending 4 meetings a year, participating in engagement events throughout the year and contributing to policy and consultations as they arise. It is anticipated any commitment to attend events will be limited to no more than 2 to 3 times a year.

    The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 28th July 2019. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Thursday 8th August 2019 with successful candidates being appointed at the next meeting of the Panel which will take place on 3rd September 2019. You can read the full advert and find the application form here.

    If you have any questions, please contact Katrina Bruce either by emailing info@goodfundraising.scot or by telephone on 0808 164 2520.

  • Appointment of New Panel Chair

    We are delighted to announce Valerie Surgenor has been appointed as the new Chair of the Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland. She takes over from Alison Elliot who stepped down at the quarterly Panel meeting which took place on the 30th January 2018, and Val was unanimously elected as Chair by the Panel at the same meeting.

    Val has been a valued member of the Panel during its first year, and prior to that chaired the Implementation Group tasked with establishment of the Panel.

    A partner at MacRoberts LLP, where she heads up the firm’s Charities and Third Sector Practice and specialises in data protection, technology and intellectual property law. Val is also Chair of the board of Aberlour Child Care Trust and prior to becoming a solicitor she worked for over 12 years in the Third Sector in the area of longer term homelessness and addictions. You can find her on twitter here and LinkedIn here.

    Our sincere thanks go to Alison Elliot for her dedication and excellent work in leading the Panel through its first year, and we wish her all the best for the future.

    We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Kirsty Connell-Skinner, Katie Bruce, Matthew Middler and John Downie as new Panel members. Cathy Bell, Sheila Logan and Jay Butler stood down and we would like to thank them each for their valuable input to the Panel over the last year.

  • New Panel Members

    We are delighted to have appointed four new members to the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel, who will formally begin their terms on the Panel as of 30th January 2018.

    We aim to ensure that Panel members bring with them a specific understanding of the main aspects of fundraising, and we are very happy to introduce new Panel members with such varied experience.

    Our incoming Panel members are:

    John Downie, Director of Public Affairs at SCVO

    John brings with him an extensive knowledge of Third Sector issues in Scotland, as well as an interest in Strategy. The Panel will benefit from both his professional and voluntary experience.

    Matthew Middler, Fundraiser at RCET

    Matthew is a great fit for the Panel due to his understanding of the challenges that face small charities and his experience in digital marketing.

    Katie Bruce, Area Fundraiser for West Scotland at MS Society

    As a community fundraiser at a cross-border organisation, Katie’s appointment will bring valuable experience of the associated issues.

    Kirsty Connell-Skinner, Development Manager at University of Strathclyde

    Kirsty’s experience of working in Universities and with major donors will be beneficial to the Panel, alongside her involvement in the sector as a Trustee.

    Many thanks to all who put their names forward, and best of luck to John, Matthew, Katie and Kirsty during their time on the Panel. We are extremely grateful to the Panel members who are stepping down for their hard work over the past year.

  • Festive Opening Hours

    The Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel will close for Christmas at 12:30 on Friday 22nd December, and will reopen at 9am on January 3rd. You can continue to contact us in the normal way during that time, and any queries received will be answered from the 3rd.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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  • MoU Agreed with the Institute of Fundraising

    We have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Fundraising.

    Continue reading MoU Agreed with the Institute of Fundraising

  • Review of Fundraising Regulation in Scotland

    Have your say on fundraising regulation in Scotland!

    Continue reading Review of Fundraising Regulation in Scotland

  • MoU Agreed with the Fundraising Regulator

    We have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Fundraising Regulator.

    Continue reading MoU Agreed with the Fundraising Regulator

  • Fundraising Guarantee Quotes continued

    In today’s post, read some final quotes from charities who have signed up to the Fundraising Guarantee. If you’d like to sign up, you can apply here.
    Continue reading Fundraising Guarantee Quotes continued