Thursday, 16 July 2015
I wonder how many papers will carry the report of the inquest into the tragic death of Olive Cook. Will the Daily Mail splash this on its front pages?
This is what was said re charity fundraising,
"But her family insisted that - while the letters and phone calls were intrusive - the charities were not to blame for Mrs Cooke's death".
How does this square with media coverage and some politicians comments? Of course it is right to review how we fund-raise. And it is right to look particularly at how outsourcing calls work as this is not always done to the highest ethical standards. Bad fundraising practice harms all charities. ACEVO has asked its CEO members in the fundraising charities to review what they are doing. That is a right thing to do and it's the right time to do it. But some of the more OTT comments about a "crisis" are wide of the mark. And it is perhaps questionable why this issue is being pursued so vehemently in some papers. Surely it couldn't be anything to do with duffing us up so we feel less able to be robust in our campaigning? For us our guiding star must be our beneficiaries and not the tabloid press.
So yes, a good time to review and strengthen good practice and root out bad. But let's also remember at this time less asking means less giving and that harms our beneficiaries. Together with the IoF we will be convening a meeting of leading fundraising charity CEOs and Fundraising Directors to discuss all this and look at what we need to do that secures the balance between effective fundraising and meeting public concern over bad practise.