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Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel welcomes newly improved Code of Fundraising Practice
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0808 164 2520.
We are delighted to announce Valerie Surgenor has been appointed as the new Chair of the IndependentFundraisingStandards& AdjudicationPanel forScotland. 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.
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.
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.