Third Sector Podcast #14: Online fundraising platforms

Online fundraising and crowdfunding platforms have transformed the way many people give, but are they increasingly becoming a threat to charities, asks Rebecca Cooney

This month, the podcast looks at online fundraising and crowdfunding platforms and the impact they've had on charities.

Third Sector's Rebecca Cooney talks to Jo Barnett, chief executive of Virgin Money Giving, Marcus Missen, director of fundraising at WaterAid, and Gerald Oppenheim, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator and chair of the London Emergencies Trust.

They discuss how the platforms have boosted fundraising, how concerns about fraud can be dealt with and whether crowdfunding poses a threat to charities.

Rebecca also catches up with the digital consultant and Third Sector columnist Zoe Amar to find out whether charities are getting to grips with digital technology and how the Charity Digital Code can help them.

And, after a number of recent controversies about charity patrons and ambassadors, senior reporter Liam Kay talks to charity celebrity management consultant Paul Cullen about how you handle a patron who hits the headlines for the wrong reasons.

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