Sir Stuart Etherington calls charity bosses to major fundraising summit

The boss of the NCVO emailed the chief executives of the leading 50 fundraising charities in the UK to the special event to be held in London next month

The future of fundraising has received much media attention
The future of fundraising has received much media attention

Sir Stuart Etherington hopes to iron out the future of fundraising with the chief executives of 50 of the UK's leading fundraising charities at a special summit next month.

The hastily convened event has been organised by the chief executive of the NCVO who led this summer’s review into fundraising self-regulation. He invited the charity bosses by email on Friday.

Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, and William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission,  will also attend the event, which will take place at the NCVO offices in London on 4 December.

Representatives from the Institute of Fundraising, the Fundraising Standards Board, the Public Fundraising Association  the Small Charities Coalition and the chief executives' body Acevo have also been invited, according to a spokesman for the NCVO.

The email said the meeting would provide an overview of the latest developments concerning the regulation of fundraising, and outline the steps which would be taken to implement the recommendations made in the report from Etherington’s review, titled Regulating Fundraising for the Future.

It said there would also be an opportunity to discuss some of the issues emerging from the review.

The event will be live-streamed and a recording will be made available for those who are unable to attend although chairs of trustees will be allowed to join in place of absent chief executives.

Etherington said in the email that he understood the invitation was being sent at relatively short notice.

The Regulating Fundraising for the Future report, which was published in September, recommended that a sector summit take place as a "matter of urgency" and Etherington had told Third Sector in early October he expected the summit would be held in the next month.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said he could not confirm whether the chair of the new fundraising regulator would attend the summit and that he could not say when the identity of the individual would be disclosed.

Wilson said earlier this month the identity of the new chair would be announced "imminently".

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