Fundraising: Recession advice marks opening of giving centre

A paper highlighting the economic issues facing fundraisers is being published today to mark the opening of the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy.

Cass Business School: home of the new centre
Cass Business School: home of the new centre

Cathy Pharoah and professor Jenny Harrow, directors of the centre, will unveil the research, which also includes the latest statistics on charitable giving, at London's Cass Business School this evening.

Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector, will also address the fundraisers, researchers and policy makers who attend.

Pharoah said the funding environment had changed considerably since the centre was commissioned in 2006.

"We are seeing less confidence in wealth and this may have an impact on major giving," she said. "We hope to give ideas for how charities might respond to the dilemmas the recession is going to pose for them."

The centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Office of the Third Sector, the Scottish Government and the Carnegie UK Trust, will receive £2.2m over five years.

Its findings will be used to inform policy and practice and to promote effective giving and philanthropy.

Pharoah said: "We can inform people about what has been done before and stop a lot of organisations from spending their money on reinventing the wheel."

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