Lord Grade 'has promised to be more positive', says IoF chair

Amanda Bringans, chair of the Institute of Fundraising, says the chair of the Fundraising Regulator told her he would be more supportive of fundraisers in public

Lord Grade
Lord Grade

Lord Grade, chair of the Fundraising Regulator, has agreed to be more positive about fundraisers, according to Amanda Bringans, his counterpart at the Institute of Fundraising.

In a blog about her first meeting with Grade, Bringans said the Conservative peer agreed to talk more about positive examples of work by fundraisers.

Grade has been criticised for perpetuating negative ideas about the fundraising charities and fundraisers the regulator oversees by describing them as "laggards" and "rogues and cowboys" in the national media.

In her blog, Bringans said she spoke to Grade about the experience of being a fundraiser over the past couple of years and the "dedication and passion" for upholding best practice she had seen.

She said Grade "was quick to respond with genuine praise for the vast majority of fundraisers", describing them as "doing great work" and deserving of recognition.

"I asked him for more of this positive messaging in public forums to support us all, and he agreed," said Bringans.

But she said he also made clear his intention to continue to call out bad practice, and acknowledged that this was likely to be picked up by the national media. Bringans said he was "keen to be supportive too".

She said: "We discussed some specific ideas about how we will put that support into practice, which will hopefully happen soon."

No one from the IoF was available to comment on what these ideas were or how they would be implemented, and the regulator declined to comment.

Bringans said they had also discussed the fact that many charities had not yet paid the voluntary levy to fund the regulator.

The regulator said yesterday that of 1,768 charities that spend more than £100,000 a year on fundraising and are thus eligible to pay the levy, 1,344 had paid or committed to paying, 224 were in negotiation with the regulator about payment, 35 had declined to pay and 165 had not replied.

The regulator said yesterday it would publish a list at the end of August setting out which charities had and had not paid the levy.

In her blog, Bringans urged charities to pay the levy and to contact the regulator if they were one of the charities that had not yet responded to the request and the watchdog know what the problem was.

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