What's the latest in fundraising?
A summary of the most recent updates in the charity fundraising sector. Including the latest on the Budget, safeguarding and trust, and the millennial generation's favourite charities.
The Budget - Yesterday the Chancellor delivered the Autumn Budget from the House of Commons. The sector was disappointed to find that there wasn’t much mention of charities, especially after anticipating some detail following the Civil Society Strategy published in the summer.
There were announcements in specific areas for charities, such as £10 million for mental health and armed forces charities and £10 million for air ambulance charities, and some progress for Universal Credit campaigners and the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme. Read our response to the Budget here.
In Charity Tax news from April 2019 the individual donation limit under GASDS has increased to £30. A positive announcement which will have the knock on effect of increasing the amount of GASDS claimed via contactless donations. #volsecbudget #Budget2018— Richard Sagar (@SagarRichard) October 29, 2018
JustGiving changes their fee structure - JustGiving announced that they will remove its 5% fee for donations to disaster and major incident funds. The crowdfunding service, which is used by 24 million people, is now available without paying a platform fee – just a third-party processing fee on card payments.
The Sun trailed a crackdown on online platform charges charging commission on Gift Aid on the weekend before Budget - but despite all the activity, it didn’t make the final Budget. The IoF have previously written to the Treasury to suggest the government establish a working group on the issues to help review and think through potential options. We will continue watching to see what happens here.
Government focus on trust and safeguarding - Earlier this month, Baroness Stowell announced the Charity Commission’s new five year plan at a public event hosted by the RSA. Stowell shared the Commission’s new vision for the sector, which centered on the message that "doing good is no longer enough" following the recent scandals and issues with public trust.
Following the Department for International Development’s safeguarding summit, the government announced a commitment of up to £2 million of funding to support charities as they improve their safeguarding standards. They plan to use the funds to develop “digital solutions that provide simple and confidential ways for charities to report concerns”, as well as free training for charities.
The government also delivered their first comment on their new Civil Society Strategy. Speaking at a NPC Ignites event, Danny Kruger, expert adviser to DCMS, shared some more detail on the strategy. It seems that “place-based giving” – when communities come together with local knowledge to develop a giving programme – will play a strong role in the implementation of the strategy.
Millennials and charities - YouGov published their Charity Millennial Rankings survey, the first YouGov survey on this topic. The survey “considers which not-for-profit organisations 18-34 year olds have discussed in favourable terms” with friends and family recently. It found that 45.5% of millennial respondents had heard something positive about the National Trust in the past two weeks.
Scotland - The IoF Scotland conference was hosted in Glasgow this month. Members from both sides of the border gathered to hear from the very best fundraisers in Scotland. The people at Do More Good Podcast recorded a podcast episode which brilliantly captures the themes and discussions (and bagpipery!) from the two-day event.
You made it happen - NCVO are leading on a new social media campaign to remind people of everything that's great about charities and show them we're very grateful for their support. We're really proud to join this campaign and encourage charities to use the hashtag #YouMadeItHappen on Monday 19 November to show how they enable your charity to make a difference. Read NCVO's blog for more information.
And finally, don't forget that Giving Tuesday is coming up on 29th November. Check out their website for ideas on what your charity can do on the day.