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Guest Bloggers | 8 January 2018

As we all know, May is set to be an important month with one of the biggest events of the year. No, not the royal wedding – we have just 20 weeks until GDPR comes into force. With public holidays and weekends, that’s less than 100 working days left.

Are you ready? Have you started thinking about it at least? What are you waiting for?

Even if you’re compliant with current data protection law, it will take much more than a couple of days’ work to be GDPR ready.

You need to review everything from data collection to deletion and all that falls between. Not just for marketing, but across your whole organisation – think staff, volunteers, finance – it’s a big job.

It’s time to get moving and our latest webinar series is here to help.

Last April I was asked to propose a programme for a GDPR training event that could be given nationally. Concerned focus had been on consent and profiling, I grabbed this opportunity to make sure that our training provided not only some focus on fundraising, but also covered the non-marketing aspects of GDPR.

I wanted the training to be applicable to all parts of an organisation and to be informative and useful no matter what level of data protection knowledge delegates already possessed or what position they held within an organisation.

Furthermore, I wanted these sessions to be as interactive as possible and to provide delegates with some practical templates and guidance. I was aware that many organisations knew they needed to do something but weren’t sure what, how or where to start.

We teamed up with Birketts LLP and worked closely with Kitty Rosser, Senior Associate, who specialises in intellectual property and data protection. Kitty designed a three part training session giving:

  • an overview of current data protection and the changes in GDPR
  • a workbook and guidance on building a compliance plan (the where to start part)
  • a case study specifically aimed at fundraisers


Demand for these seminars has been high and feedback excellent. So much so, that we have already given three additional seminars with one more in London still to come.

The popularity of the seminars has prompted us to provide the content in a webinar format with all materials available in a downloadable format. There are also supporting booklets which are available when you sign up. This great format gives subscribers the ability to view, stop, start, discuss and repeat for 12 months from the date of purchase. You can refer to it whenever and wherever you need to. Feeling like a lone voice? Then let the webinars speak for you and gain the support you need across your organisation.

Don’t get left behind. Sign up for the GDPR webinar series.

Tamsin Mitchell, Business Improvement Lead, Institute of Fundraising 


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