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IoF publishes GDPR guide for charities

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched a new guide entitled GDPR: The essentials for Fundraising Organisations, in partnership with law firm Bircham Dyson Bell.

The guide will be an important resource to help charities understand the coming changes in data protection law and support them to be ready for the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.  It comes at the same time as the IoF is set to run a series of ‘Be GDPR Ready’ training courses in locations across the UK in the summer.

The practical and accessible guidance covers key questions raised by many of the IoF’s members over recent months. These include what is going to be different about the new rules that are coming in; the main changes charity fundraisers need to be aware of; how these will impact on how and when supporters can be contacted; and the practical things charities should be doing now to prepare.

The guide has been written for anyone with an interest in fundraising including individual fundraisers, charity CEOs, or trustees of a fundraising. The report is designed to be a relevant and useful resource for charities of all sizes.

GDPR will come into effect in the UK on 25 May 2018 replacing the current Data Protection Act and introducing new and different requirements for all sectors and organisations.  Charities, alongside any private sector organisations, businesses, or public bodies, will have to follow these legal requirements when processing individuals’ personal data.  This is why it is essential that charities are supported to be ready for these changes.

Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy & Research at the Institute of Fundraising, said: “We have put this short guide together to help fundraisers answer the really key questions they’ve got about how they can contact their supporters. We know that all fundraisers and charities want to get this right to be sure that they’re meeting their legal requirements as well as giving their donors a great experience of supporting that cause. GDPR is coming, and with just over a year left to get ready it’s vital that charities are aware of what changes are coming and have policies and processes in place to be ready.”

The Institute of Fundraising’s guide to GDPR: The Essentials for Fundraising Organisations, in partnership with Bircham Dyson Bell is available here. More information about their ‘Be GDPR Ready’ training courses can be found here.

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