Bitesize GDPR guidance for fundraisers published

Institute of Fundraising and Fundraising Regulator publish handy guide to help fundraisers prepare for 25 May GDPR deadline

Austin Clark | 26th Feb 18

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and the Fundraising Regulator, have released joint guidance on GDPR which has been reviewed and co-badged by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

The guidance – which can be downloaded here – is based on the questions that charities have asked and provides clear and practical answers. It gives an overview of GDPR for charities and fundraisers, looks at different fundraising methods, and identifies ways in which personal data is likely to be used in each case. The material signposts to more detailed guidance from key sources to fully equip fundraisers ahead of 25 May 2018.

By working together to produce this guidance, fundraisers and charities can be confident of a consistent approach that will help them as they plan their future work. The guidance is designed specifically for fundraisers and those in smaller organisations, and focuses on practical application of the law to real life scenarios.

The guidance will be available for free and is supported by regulators and membership bodies across the UK, including the Charity Commission, NCVO and WCVA; the Charity Commission Northern Ireland and NICVA; and the Scottish Independent Fundraising Panel.

Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Institute of Fundraising, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with the Fundraising Regulator and ICO to produce these new resources. It’s essential that fundraisers get GDPR right. We know that fundraisers have had questions over how the law will apply in practice and hope that these new guidance pieces help to demystify GDPR and enable fundraisers to plan their work to give supporters the best experience of fundraising.”

Gerald Oppenheim, Head of Policy at the Fundraising Regulator, commented: “These ‘bite-size’ documents address questions we have received from fundraisers struggling to ensure their methods are GDPR compliant. We hope the new guidance will help fundraisers to feel confident in their practices in the lead up to May.”