NEW IDEAS: The donor is always right, part 1 – is being a donor the same thing as being a consumer?

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Fundraising regulation is often predicated on the assumption that donors require the same degree of ‘protection’ as consumers. In the first of a two-part blog, Ian MacQuillin argues that it’s beneficiaries, not donors, who are a charity’s true consumers

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NEWS: Accountability to beneficiaries requires change of ethos among fundraising regulators

Organisations that regulate fundraising need to move away from a ‘consumer protection ethos’ to ensure that charities can be more accountable to their beneficiaries, Rogare’s evidence to a parliamentary enquiry says.

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NEW IDEAS: A balancing act – applying ‘total’ RF to all donor relationships

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Ian MacQuillin explores how total relationship fundraising could ensure that supporters have harmonious relationships in all their contacts with a nonprofit organisation.

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NEW IDEAS: The ideological attack on fundraising, Part 2 – are you a Voluntarist or a Professionalist?

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In the second of three blogs, Ian MacQuillin outlines the two competing ideologies jostling for control of the public’s conception of how nonprofit organisations ought to operate.

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NEW IDEAS: The ideological attack on fundraising, Part 1 – happenstance, coincidence, or enemy action?

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The current attacks on fundraising are part of a wider ideology about how charity ought to operate. In the first of a three-part blog, Ian MacQuillin makes the case why the attacks on charity should be thought of as ideological.

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OPINION: The lobbying bill and the FPS – a counterfactual

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Ian MacQuillin rewinds the clock to wonder what would have happened if the government had proposed establishing the Fundraising Preference Service while the lobbying bill was going through parliament.

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OPINION: For beneficiaries’ sakes, don’t allow people to opt out of even being asked to help them

Ian copySir Stuart Etherington’s review, published today, recommends allowing donors to opt out en masse from being asked to make a donation. Ian MacQuillin, rather unsurprisingly, thinks this is a bad idea. Continue reading OPINION: For beneficiaries’ sakes, don’t allow people to opt out of even being asked to help them

NEW IDEAS: The fundraising commons – not quite the tragedy we might think

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How do we prevent chronic over-fundraising leading to a tragedy of the commons in donor recruitment? Ian MacQuillin believes the solution has bee around for the past 15 years.  Continue reading NEW IDEAS: The fundraising commons – not quite the tragedy we might think

OPINION: ICO ruling on telephone fundraising is ethically-unbalanced regulation

Ian copyThe ICO’s recent ruling on contacting TPS-registered donors is ethically-unbalanced regulation that potentially harms beneficiaries, argues Ian MacQuillin. Continue reading OPINION: ICO ruling on telephone fundraising is ethically-unbalanced regulation

NEWS: Self-regulation should be reformed on advertising industry model

Plymouth University’s Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy (CSP) and its think tank Rogare have called for the formation of a totally new body to write, maintain and own fundraising’s professional standards. Continue reading NEWS: Self-regulation should be reformed on advertising industry model