UK giving, legacy giving, non-graduates welcome and other fundraising news

UK giving, legacy giving, non-graduates welcome and other fundraising news

Felicity Spencer-Smith | 6 June 2019

Felicity Spencer-Smith, Senior External Affairs Officer, gives the low-down on the latest developments affecting fundraising, including what new research shows us about UK giving, increases in income from legacies and a campaign to stop charities from excluding those that don't have a degree when recruiting.

New research on giving in the UK

This month we’ve seen a few pieces of research that builds an update to date view of what’s happening in giving in the UK. Firstly, the IoF’s new research with PwC ‘Fundraising for Impact’ which shows that there’s a challenging environment for fundraising charities. Including economic uncertainty, costs of compliance, GDPR and a focus on improving the experience of current supporters. Download the full report here.

CAF’s UK Giving 2019 reported that the number of people saying they have given to charity has dropped from 61% to 57% over three years. This was also reflected in Third Sector’s Donating Trends study. This was followed by the Sunday Times publishing their latest Giving List as part of their annual Rich List analysis of the UK’s wealthiest people.

IoF's Head of Policy and External Affairs Dan Fluskey has written an article for Civil Society News giving his analysis on the new research and what it means for the future of fundraising.

Remember A Charity’s new strategy to grow legacy giving

Last month Remember A Charity launched its new strategic plan which sets out how it intends to grow legacy giving over the next three years. Read a blog from Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, who explains the challenges that lie ahead and what the campaign will be focusing on.

Legacy giving levels

In the year to March 2019 members received a combined total of £1.52bn from legacies, according to figures from Legacy Foresight. They announced that legacy income increased by 1.8% in the year up to March 2019 according to figures from Legacy Foresight. But growth has slowed year-on-year since 2013, reflecting the UK economy and house prices. The income was measured across the consortium of 80 charities that make up 50 per cent of the legacy market.

Wills notification system

Fraser and Fraser, who track down missing beneficiaries in probate, criticised the lack of information from Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service since it was announced that a new system is due to be in place from July.

The IoF, along with other sector bodies, share these concerns and are in ongoing discussions with the Courts and Tribunals Service to urgently resolve this matter.

New Institute of Charity launches at Oxford University

Sir Stephen Bubb has announced plans to build an Oxford Institute of Charity after three years of discussions with the university. Charity Futures, the think tank set up by Bubb when he left his role of CEO of Acevo, and New College, Oxford will collaborate on the new institute, which plans to open in the summer of 2022 once a new building has been constructed.

Chartered status for the fundraising profession?

At the beginning of May we launched a consultation with our members and with the Privy Council in relation to the Institute becoming the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. This will be a massive step forward for the profession and external recognition of what professional fundraising is. Take a look at the Chartered Journey page to find out more.

And in other news: non graduates welcome

There’s a new campaign calling on charities to stop excluding people who don't have a university degree from applying for fundraising jobs. There have been lots of conversation on the hashtag #NongraduatesWelcome.

Felicity Spencer-Smith is Senior External Affairs Officer at the Institute of Fundraising.


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