Fundraiser blasts bankers’ Europe
2 July 2012
Fundraisers have urged the Europe Union to open up its borders to the sector at a central London conference today (2 July).
Mark Astarita, Chairman of the Institute of Fundraising said at the organisation’s annual Convention: “Europe maybe open to bankers but not for charities.
“Fundraisers cannot do business across borders in Europe which is a scandal.”
Speaking at Europe’s largest fundraising event, Mark said Fundraising was leading the way in reaching out to new markets.
He said: “We are fast becoming the great new British export. UK fundraising rocks the world and lets be proud of it.”
However Mark told the 800 strong audience – including Cabinet Office Minister Nick Hurd - at this morning’s session, that – when it came to developing policies like the proposed tax relief cap - the Government also needed to step up to the plate.
He said: “Minister I beg you the next time some spotty civil servant pops a daft idea in your colleague’s red box at the Treasury please ask us if it is mad or bad before they sign it.”