A spring forward and look back on the changes for fundraising

A spring forward and look back on the changes for fundraising

Stephanie Siddall | 9 March 2017

Stephanie Siddall, IoF's Policy Manager, provides a round up of some recent news and developments and what we’ve been working on; from incoming changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme to the Fundraising Regulator's consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice.

Keeping on top of data protection…

Last month, we headed up to Manchester for the long-awaited Fundraising Regulatory Conference, where the Fundraising Regulator publishing new guidance on consent. If you weren’t able to be at the conference or missed the live stream you can catch up on all the tweets through this Storify from UK Fundraising, and you can read this blog from Daniel Fluskey, our Head of Policy & Research, for his take on the key points from the day.

As always with regulation, there are lots of follow up questions about areas of detail – we will be following up with the ICO and hope to update members soon so that you’ve got the information and guidance you need. There’s also more information on the GDPR and consent with the ICO launching a short consultation on their draft guidance on consent under the General Data Protection Regulation which we will be responding to before the deadline at the end of March. We have also been working with Dr Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, to undertake some research looking at the benefit and value of research in fundraising and we will be publishing the results of this work shortly.


Budget 2017

Ahead of the 2017 Spring Budget we wrote a letter to the Chancellor urging the government to take measures to support charity fundraising and giving in the years to come. In an attached briefing note, we suggested that this could be achieved by:

1. Providing direct support for fundraising training, skills

2. Encouraging giving through tax changes, in particular legacy giving

3. Reducing the tax burden on charities to ensure donations go as far as possible in supporting the charity. 

You can find out more about our proposals and how we think Government can best support fundraising in this blog by Mike Smith, our Head of Media and Public Affairs.


Fundraising Regulator – Consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice and Fundraising Preference Service

The Fundraising Regulator is currently consulting on the Code of Fundraising Practice. We’re working on a formal response with our Standards Advisory Board – we’ll be circulating a draft of this response to members for feedback and comments at the end of March ahead of the submission date on 28 April.

The Fundraising Regulator has also now launched their ‘Have Your Say’ consultation for feedback on the Fundraising Preference Service during its development (before it launches this summer). Those that do will receive a brief weekly email with questions covering different aspects of the service e.g. appearance and function.


Gift Aid

Over the past few months we’ve been working to try and improve the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, by responding to calls for evidence and consultations, and engaging with parliamentarians.

A number of small amendments will be made to GASDS which will be effective from 6 April 2017 to:

  • completely remove the two-year eligibility rule and the Gift Aid history requirement (two-in-four rule)
  • extend eligibility from cash to contactless donations
  • provide that charities may claim under the main allowance or under the community buildings allowance, but not both
  • provide that a charity with more than one community building may claim top-up payments in respect of small donations of more than £8,000 in a tax year
  • reform the community buildings rules to allow donations received outside of the community building but within the same local authority area to qualify – allowing more charities to benefit from the important work they carry out in their local communities


Also changing on 6 April, intermediaries that collect donations for charities will be able to ask donors for the authority to create Gift Aid declarations for them on their donations for the rest of the tax year. Intermediaries will be allowed to ask for this authority at any time during the tax year, and will last until the remainder of the tax year unless cancelled by the donor. HMRC have published more guidance on these changes here.

Stephanie Siddall, Policy Manager, Institute of Fundraising


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