Relations between the IoF and the FRSB reach the basement

Basement wars: charity to halt this tendency needed
Basement wars: charity to halt this tendency needed

It's no secret that the Institute of Fundraising and the Fundraising Standards Board have never got along, and the IoF is not mourning the imminent abolition of the FRSB. One beef between them was that the FRSB wanted a say in the IoF's Code of Fundraising Practice, so you might expect the IoF to be cheesed off by the coming takeover of the code by the new Fundraising Regulator, not to mention the creation of the widely feared Fundraising Preference Service. But not a bit of it. Everyone at the IoF seems chipper, saying they are already getting on better with the new outfit than the old.

The fledgling regulator has appointed to its board Lucy Caldicott, who was until last month a member of the IoF policy advisory board; David Cunningham, chair of the Iof Scottish standards committee; and Suzanne McCarthy, chair of the IoF standards committee that administers the code. It has also appointed as its PR consultant Mark Gallagher, who worked with the regulator's chair Lord Grade at ITV and described him in an interview as one of his mentors.

Still on old acquaintances: the man who reviewed the RSPCA's prosecution processes was Stephen Wooler, former head of HM Inspectorate of the Crown Prosecution Service. One of his recommendations was for the charity to appoint an independent complaints reviewer, which it has duly done. Who is it? Sally Hobbs, former deputy chief inspector of the same inspectorate.

Charity Commission chair William Shawcross and his wife Olga Polizzi are the latest victims of London's basement wars. In a mews near Hyde Park, their neighbour's planning application for a subterranean gym, cinema and sauna has been recommended for acceptance. Polizzi, a hotelier, told the London Evening Standard she opposed it as "completely inappropriate". There have been 2,000 or so such monstrosities created in central London in the past decade, so what is clearly needed is a charity for the advancement of environmental protection or community development that would campaign to halt this troglodytic tendency. Before said charity was registered, of course, the commission would have to decide whether it benefited the public, or a sufficient section thereof.

The Twitter success of Third Sector's Fundraising Week got a bit out of hand at one point: one Patsy Fortini, apparently based in France, posted a tweet saying "related resource site - cheap escort agency in London", attaching a picture of a young woman showing a lot of skin. Perhaps Patsy was misled by terms such as "face-to-face" and "preference service". The tweet was rapidly deleted from the Third Sector site.

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