Fundraising Compliance Conference 2018

Fundraising Compliance Conference 2018

Date: Monday 19th Mar 2018

Time: 09:30 - 17:20

Town/City: London , United Kingdom

Location: London , United Kingdom

Venue: Holiday Inn - Bloomsbury

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Compliance continues to be a top priority for charities large and small. With recent challenges – ICO scrutiny, GDPR preparation, renewed focus on accountabilities and changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice – embedding a compliance culture and managing change are some of the biggest challenges we face. Sometimes lack of resource or buy in from management can make compliance seem an impossible task, especially in an ever changing landscape where definitive answers can be hard to come by.

At our first ever Fundraising Compliance Conference, we are bringing together some of the sector’s leading practitioners and experts, who will assist you by bringing clarity through case studies, answering your questions and providing top tips and simple, cost effective solutions to some of your compliance woes.

If you work in or have any responsibility for compliance, it doesn’t matter what size your organisation, this conference will have plenty for you. Come and join us, network, share ideas and feel included.



 Opening remarks from the Chair

Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Chair, Standards Advisory Board, Institute of Fundraising


Opening plenary: The ASA and charity fundraising

It is crucial that charities, understandably, need to raise awareness and consequently funds for their cause. Charity marketers should however, be conscious of not overstepping the mark by misleading consumers about how donations will be used, or cause harm to children or the vulnerable.

In this session Guy will outline the ASA system and cover the key rules for charity fundraising advertising as well as advising on where charities can come for help and advice.  

Guy Parker, Chief Executive, Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)


Compliance Priorities for fundraising in the year ahead: an update on the Code of Fundraising Practice

Having just concluded its first consultation of 2018, Gerald and Stephen from the Fundraising Regulator will present an overview of the proposed changes to the Code as well as recent changes from previous consultations. They will also talk about the plans for the rest of the year and beyond. This session will update attendees on compliance priorities for fundraising in the year ahead, including:

- Our work to date

- Current and forthcoming consultations

- Complaints – Investigations and review of complaints reporting

- FPS update - future marketing plans and review

Gerald Oppenheim, Head of Policy and Communications, Fundraising Regulator

Stephen Service, Policy Manager, Fundraising Regulator 


Successful partnerships for sustainable fundraising: panel discussion

Third parties play a crucial and fundamental role in fundraising. Through their expertise, insight, and innovation, they enable charities to grow and reach new supporters and have helped transform the sector.

This panel discussion explores the partnership between the charity and the agencies they partner with, as our experts consider best practice in training, monitoring and evaluation and how to ensure that the values of the charity are effectively reflected in the third party. 

CHAIR: Alex Xavier, Director of Membership, Compliance and Professional Development, Institute of Fundraising

Kay Fellows, Client Services Director, Home Fundraising

Tracey Lumsden, Head of Fundraising Compliance, Cancer Research UK

Stephen Service, Policy Manager, Fundraising Regulator  


Coffee and networking


GDPR: an uncertain future: all your burning questions answered in this interactive panel discussion

 As 25th May draws ever closer, it seems that few are confident with the progress and preparations they have made for GDPR. Some charities, a recent report suggested, are still blissfully unaware of it!

Come along to this unmissable session with all of your GDPR questions, ready to ask our panel of lawyers, regulators and experts.  This may be your final chance before May!

Dan Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research, Institute of Fundraising

Owen O’Rorke, Associate, Farrer & Co


Lunch break


Lotteries, fundraising and gambling regulation

Cliff and Jo, National Compliance Specialists for lotteries at the Gambling Commission, will speak about the growth of the lotteries sector, the regulatory environment, and the challenges of innovation. They will focus on the importance of compliance and effective risk management by those using lotteries to fund good causes.   

Jo Cartwright, Specialist – Lotteries, Gambling Commission

Cliff Young, Lottery Sector Specialist, Gambling Commission


Cyber security in your organisation  

A report published last year by the DCMS highlighted a serious lack of awareness in the charity sector on the potential damage that a cyber-attack could cause. With more and more ransomware, e-fencing, and phishing attacks making the news each day, cyber security is becoming increasingly important.

In this session, Neil will present his top tips on how to strengthen your cyber security in your organisation. He will consider the following questions: 

Could your organisation survive a cyber attack? How resilient are you? What could potentially happen if your IT is compromised? Where is the risk and where does the buck stop?

Neil Sinclair, Chief Operating Officer, London Digital Security Centre


Treating People Fairly – GOSH Charity Case Study

Fundraising should be a positive experience for everyone.  GOSH Charity recognise that every individual is unique in their background, experience and circumstance and every interaction between us and members of the public is different.  We have a responsibility to ensure that anyone donating to our organisation is in a position to make a free and informed decision and that our staff have the support they need to recognise when individuals maybe in a vulnerable circumstance.   GOSH Charity has recently completed a full review of its policy and processes, launching a new two-tier training programme for all staff – this session explores how GOSH Charity have embedded this area within their existing governance agenda.

Jo-Ann Alves, Senior Quality Control and Training Lead

Claire Robson, Head of Data Governance and Compliance


Coffee and networking


(Legitimately) Interesting Times

It might be the alternative to consent....but it’s not an easier or better one. How do you know when it’s OK to use legitimate interests to justify processing personal data?

This interactive session looks at how to carry out a Legitimate Interests Assessment using common scenarios. A session you just cannot afford to miss!

Rowenna Fielding, Senior Data Protection Lead, Protecture Limited


When to say no?

Panel discussion covering the issues raised after recent events at the Presidents Club. What donations should we accept/refuse? When should we return a donation? What are the legal rules around this? How do you put together a Gift Acceptance refusal policy? 

Sarah Atkinson, Head of Policy, Charity Commission

Laurie Boult, Fundraising Director, Age UK

Dan Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research, Institute of Fundraising


Closing remarks from the Chair

Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Chair, Standards Advisory Board, Institute of Fundraising



IoF Individual member or those working at an IoF Organisational member: £205

Never been an IoF memberAre you working for a charity/not-for-profit organisation?

  • Book the conference AND get a year’s Individual membership benefits: £290

  • Or book the conference only at the not-for-profit rate: £295

Are you working for a corporate/commercial organisation?

Corporate/Commercial conference rate: £425

Small charity rate ( under £500,000 annual turnover) - £75 to secure your small charity rate please email with your charity number

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