Have your say on the future of fundraising

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​Have an input into a reworking of Scotland's fundraising landscape.

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11th February 2016 by Graham Martin 3 Comments

Charities are being urged to take part in a consultation to decide upon the future of fundraising regulation in Scotland.

With the current UK-wide system of self-regulation about to change, Scottish charities need to design a system to make sure that the public can have trust and confidence in the work they do, and take action when things go wrong.

The consultation is being led by a working group chaired by Enable Scotland chief executive, Theresa Shearer, on behalf of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).

She said: “The working group’s vision is a fundraising regulatory system in Scotland that commands confidence in charity fundraising, Inspires public trust and promotes good fundraising.

A failure to engage now may see the sector being subject to regulation plans for the rest of the UK

“This is a crucially important issue for the whole of the charitable sector in Scotland. We need to come together to decide the best system of regulation for our donors and the people we support.”

The consultation invites charities to consider three possible models for regulation: a UK-wide option, a Scottish option or a hybrid. 

Social justice secretary Alex Neil said: “The Scottish Government values the contribution that the charitable sector makes to Scotland and its communities. The public expect the highest standards from our charities and public trust and confidence in the sector is what inspires people to donate their hard-earned money to good causes.

"I encourage everyone with a view to contribute to this timely consultation and I look forward to hearing the recommendations from the working group that take account of the public, the charity sector, donors and beneficiaries in due course.”

SCVO director of public affairs, John Downie, added: “This is a unique opportunity for the sector to take ownership over its own future, to show that it can and will work with the confidence of the Scottish public on its side.

“A failure to engage now may see the sector being subject to regulation plans for the rest of the UK, remotely administered from London, which could be complex, costly and may not have the intended end result of instilling trust in charities.”

Charities can contribute by completing the online survey here. Longer submissions are encouraged and should be sent here.

Comments

11th February 2016 by John Howes

Just to point out the links at the end of this piece (which are the same as on Richard Hamer's blog) don't work. I can work out the correct one for the SCVO email - any chance of the right surveymonkey link that I can pass on to my Scottish readership?

11th February 2016 by Graham Martin

Hi - thanks for brining that to our attention! That's the link to the survey working now.

12th February 2016 by Stuart McCallum

Really disappointed by the standard of this work/survey - it seems rushed, some of the issues seem to be focusing on the needs of a few large UK wide charities rather the majority of Scottish based charities.For example most of the issues against a Scotland only regulator states that UK wide charities will struggle to cope with such a Scottish only regulator yet there is little comment that UK wide charities already have 2 regulators ie OSCR and the Charity Commission.