What should the next government do to boost fundraising? Is the public sceptical about what happens to their donations? Is the self-regulation of fundraising working well?
These were some of the questions discussed today by an expert panel at Big Fundraising Questions Live, a debate at the Royal Society of Arts in London that was streamed simultaneously on the Third Sector website.
The questions, submitted by an invited audience, were put to Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, the Conservative peer who recently reviewed the workings of charity law; Cathy Pharoah, visiting professor of charity funding at Cass Business School; and Lawrie Simanowitz, a partner at the law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite and a board member of the Fundraising Standards Board.
The other two panel members were distinguished practitioners: Louise Parkes, director of fundraising at the British Heart Foundation, and Mike Wade, director of fundraising and communications at the National Deaf Children’s Society, who is a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising and chair of its policy advisory board. In the chair was Joe Saxton, head of the sector think tank nfpSynergy and former chair of the IoF.
The other events of Fundraising Week are, on Tuesday 14 April, Leaders in Fundraising, a closed-door event for senior professionals, and workshops on legacy giving, trusts and foundations. The following day the Big Donor Summit will take place, with a free networking event in the evening. Digital Edge is on Thursday and a special Careers Briefing will be hosted by the Third Sector recruitment team on Friday.