Fundraising summit - the main points so far

Fundraising summit
Fundraising summit

Fundraisers, regulators and other key stakeholders came together at the fundraising summit in London today, which continues until 1pm. 

The main points so far include:

Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, said the sector came extremely close to having statutory regulation imposed on it during the summer. It was "on a knife edge", he said. 

Wilson said the Fundraising Preference Service should not be the main point of interaction for donors with charities, and consideration would be given to an exemption for small charities from it. 

He said he had no problem with an FPS that, in addition to being a "reset button", allowed people to make a "more nuanced choice" about charities they wanted to continue to hear from. 

Lord Grade, interim chair of the Fundraising Regulator, said his greatest qualification for his new role was that "I have been very seriously regulated in life-and-death situations in broadcasting" and he knew how "annoying and ignorant" regulators could be. 

He said he hoped to have a chief executive in post by Christmas. The job was not being advertised and he was approaching candidates privately, he said. 

George Kidd, chair of the Direct Marketing Commission, will chair the working group into the establishment of the FPS. He told the meeting he had had close association with the Direct Marketing Association and the Telephone Preference Service and had 20 years of experience in government. 

"Regulation is what I do," he said. 

Watch the remainder of the meeting here.

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