Fundraising Summit: what happened, what you need to know

Earlier today we finally hosted the Fundraising Summit, which was perhaps the most important event of this year for many in the charity sector.

The conference room had a capacity of 100 people and was overcrowded, plus we arranged live streaming which was watched by over 1,500 people, so it is fair to say all eyes were on the panel of speakers.

First up was Sir Stuart Etherington who spoke about the review over the summer and the progress made so far. Read Stuart’s speech.

Next, the chair of the Charity Commission, William Shawcross, outlined the Commission’s plans to strengthen guidance for trustees when it comes to their fundraising responsibilities. The consultation on revised CC20 was announced yesterday and runs until 11 February. See the Charity Commission’s slides.

It was then up to the minister for civil society, Rob Wilson, to deliver a strong message to the sector, highlighting how close we all came to statutory regulation when the events of the summer unfolded. Read the Minister’s speech.

Last but not least, Lord Grade, as the newly appointed chair of the Fundraising Regulator, outlined his plans to set up the new body. And importantly announced George Kidd, chair of the Direct Marketing Commission, as chair of the working group tasked with developing proposals on the implementation of the Fundraising Preference Service.

For those who were not able to join live, the recording is available at


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Elizabeth was head of policy and public services at NCVO until 2020.

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