Susannah Birkwood


Breast Cancer Now gets legacy message across

Telephone interviews with supporters of the merged charity led to increased interest in legacy donations

Sparks will become part of Great Ormond Street charity from February

The medical research charity will be a subsidiary of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, but will retain its brand identity and its charity number

NSPCC starts search for new director of fundraising and engagement

The children's charity has had an interim in place since Paul Farthing left nine months ago

Door-to-door fundraising

Home Fundraising lost almost £200k in year to March last year

According to its accounts, the country's largest door-to-door agency by turnover lost £197,315, which adds to a loss of £147,052 the previous year

Telephone agency Listen goes from £1m profit to £200k loss in a year

The company, which was the subject of a newspaper investigation, says in its latest accounts that there has been a 'permanent reduction in the size of the telephone fundraising market'

October Club event

October Club seeks its next charity partner

The City of London fundraising organisation hopes to raise more than £0.5m for a cause within a year

CRUK: opt-in-only policy

A fifth of new CRUK supporters have opted to receive direct mail

Since April last year, the cancer charity has been asking new supporters if they want to opt in to receiving direct mail and telephone communications

Fundraising Regulator in interim agreement with Northern Ireland

It will field complaints about charities there while the working group on Northern Irish regulation carries out more detailed consultation

Richard Newton

Richard Newton first board member for Wales at the Fundraising Regulator

The fundraising consultant fills one of the spaces vacated by the resignations of chair George Kidd and John Stoker

RSPCA and BHF: paid fines

RSPCA and British Heart Foundation will not appeal data fines

Both charities have paid smaller fines for swift payment, having been found by the Information Commissioner's Office to have broken the Data Protection Act

Data sharing: charities broke the law

Data swapping scheme used by charities that were fined by the ICO has closed

The scheme was used by the RSPCA and the British Heart Foundation, both of which were fined by the Information Commissioner's Office for breaking the Data Protection Act

Membership of women's section of British Legion 'down by half'

A report in the Daily Mail says 16,000 women have left the organisation in protest at the absorption of the women's sections into the main charity

Tracey Bleakley

Hospice UK chief executive denies blame for fundraising travails of rival

Tracey Bleakely says she completely rejects Hospice Aid UK's 'attempt to hold us responsible for problems we had no part in'

The charity's response

Charity Commission refers Hospice Aid UK case to Fundraising Regulator

The commission opened a statutory inquiry into the charity two years ago after it emerged that a contract with a fundraising agency allowed only 6 per cent of donations to go to the end cause

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust is second-biggest grant-maker in the world - again

The City AM World Charity Index says the trust, which gave away £606m of charitable grants in 2015, was behind only the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Flying the flag for opting in

The RNLI's bold move to opt-in-only communications has generated positive results

Fundraising Regulator says it can escalate complaints without reference to the charity

In contrast with its predecessor, the Fundraising Standards Board, which had a three-stage process of escalation, the new regulator will be able to make an early intervention, it says

Corporate partnerships: Talk Talk can walk the walk in charity link-up

How the telecoms company turned a cyber attack into a good news story, plus corporate partnerships round-up

Crisis campaign takes off

The No One Turned Away initiative has led to a private member's bill in parliament

The Sun's story

Fundraising Regulator will take no action against agency investigated by The Sun

The tabloid alleged that Wesser International, working on behalf of St John Ambulance, targeted the elderly and took a large percentage of donations