Suzanne Lewis, who sat on the IoF's focus group for GDPR, says that while the new legislation has had cost implications for fundraisers, it was not the ‘bogeyman’ that many had feared – but there are real benefits to adhering to these new levels of accountability.
Today we publish our refreshed version of our GDPR: The Essentials for Fundraising Organisations guidance. Sam Boyle, Policy and Information Officer at the IoF, talks through what has changed and why we felt the need to update it.
Nicola Sinclair attended the Individual Giving Conference and reported back on the messages and advice that she picked up.
Some charities are well-equipped for this new world of data compliance we’ve entered, while for others attempting to ensure compliance and mitigating the potential damage is an ongoing challenge. Here, fastmap shares some of the problems GDPR has presented and how some charities have overcome them.
There are many good reasons for putting supporters in control of how they are contacted but unfortunately, research shows these decisions are open to being biased by subtle factors. How the question is asked, for example, and the available options such as the default choice can be highly influential.
The last few years have been a roller-coaster ride if you work in or around a charity, especially in fundraising. The 2015 fundraising crisis and subsequent regulatory changes in law and the Code of Fundraising Practice saw the common practices of selling, renting and swapping supporter data, and cold telephone fundraising, quite suddenly disappear. The sudden loss of such major cold data sources has had a huge knock on effect for how charities recruit new donors and fundraise, especially when using direct mail.
There has quite possibly never been a more important time to share and celebrate the good use of insight in fundraising. With charities increasingly challenged to find ways of engaging new supporters and growing income within the bounds of new regulations, data analytics and insight are playing an ever-greater role.
Fundraiser 1: “There’s light at the end of the tunnel, the guidance is almost here.”
Fundraiser 2: “Don’t get excited. I’ve been here before, you’ll wish you were back in the tunnel.”
Well, we are out of the tunnel and the Legitimate Interests guidance from the ICO has now arrived.
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.
Following from the ICO fines earlier this year, fundraising practices relating to research, wealth screening and profiling are back in the spotlight – this time courtesy of the Daily Mail*. Their story today states that 24 universities (the Russell Group) had ‘spied on’ millions of past students to look at their incomes as part of their fundraising.