February news roundup: Five things you need to know
Felicity Spencer-Smith provides a summary of all the key things that have happened over February in fundraising. Including news on probate fees, GASDS, and the latest in telephone fundraising.
1. Probate fees
This month parliament passed a motion to hike probate fees, which could cost charities in the region of £10m annually in legacy income. A cross-party committee narrowly passed the motion – nine votes to eight at a Delegated Legislation Committee.
A probate fee is paid when administering someone’s estate after they pass away. Previously a flat fee, the current plan means it will be paid as a sliding scale depending on how much the estate is worth. The IoF, Remember A Charity, The Law Society and The Institute for Legacy Management have lobbied for the government to reconsider the new fee and consider a charitable exemption.
We continue to monitor this with our sector partners.
Today's news that the #probate hike scraped through an MP committee was hugely disappointing, but could this still be an opportunity for the charity sector? Our piece in @CivilSocietyUK explains why we should continue to push for a charitable exemption to help grow #legacygiving. https://t.co/vR13zGCe7w— Remember A Charity (@RememberCharity) February 7, 2019
2. Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme – an update
The government has approved plans to increase the individual donation limit on the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme. Announced in the Budget last November, the change will increase the individual donation limit to £30, which applies to small collections where it is impractical to obtain a Gift Aid declaration. This will apply to gifts made on or after 6 April 2019.
3. Change to the Fundraising Preference Service
The Fundraising Preference Service, a notification system that allows people to block contact with a charity, has reduced the time frame that charities will need to act upon requests. From 1 March 2019, charities will have 21 days – it’s currently 28 days. The changes are being made to bring the FPS rules in with the Data Protection Act 2018.
Calling all fundraisers... ??— Institute of Fundraising (@IoFtweets) February 13, 2019
We’ve released #AGoodCall – a free guide to equip charities and fundraisers with the confidence and knowledge to have great conversations with their supporters.
Download the guide: https://t.co/rRu7p0xLyW pic.twitter.com/W1MfPDE5gj
4. Telephone fundraising guide (and blog)
We’ve released ‘A Good Call’, a free guide to equip charities and fundraisers with the confidence and knowledge to have great conversations with their supporters. It includes insights on how charities such as GOSH and Care International use telephone fundraising. The guide was produced alongside Ethicall, who have written a blog about why telephone fundraising is still a valuable channel.
5. Defending charity shops
The sector came out in force this month after the Daily Mail ran a story blaming charity shops for the decline of the high street. Fundraisers and charity sector representatives were quick to point out that they keep the high street open, bring together the community, and contribute funds to good causes.
We’re pleased to report @dailymailuk have now backtracked and provided accurate figures to the online article, which is charity shops raise more than four times the amount they receive in business rates relief - despite their previous claim to the contrary.— Charity Retail Association (@CharityRetail) February 11, 2019
And one thing you need to do..
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Felicity Spencer-Smith, External Affairs Officer, Institute of Fundraising