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Westminster Briefing – Investigating The Future for Charitable Giving and Fundraising:The Implications of the Giving White Paper

12 October 2011 @ 9:40 am - 2:15 pm

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The Speakers:

Sophia Oliver- Deputy Director Giving, Cabinet Office (invited)
Cathy Pharoah – Co-Director of ESRC Research Centre on Charitable Giving and Philanthropy
Rhodri Davies- Policy Manager, Charities Aid Foundation
Alistair McLean- Chief Executive, Fundraising Standards Board
Alison Seabrooke- Chief Executive, Community Development Foundation
Kristina Glenn- Director, Cripplegate Foundation
Claire Madden- Business Development Manager, Slivers of Time
Tris Lumley- Head of Development, New Philanthropy Capital

The Context:

The Government has recently released its long awaited Giving White Paper, with the aim of working with businesses and charities to open up channels to giving time and money to good causes. This will include increased infrastructure funding to support volunteering as well as innovations aiming to provide a greater breadth of opportunities to donate money. But in the context of public spending cuts and a welfare state being radically overhauled, how much can the measures in the White Paper really achieve in helping to build a more generous society and enabled charitable sector? And what can charities do to ensure that they maintain the highest possible standards in terms of fundraising practices?

The Issues:

Engaging with the panel, key issues to be addressed at this Policy and Practice Briefing include:

What are the Government’s strategic goals for promoting giving, and what are the key measures in the White Paper?
The funding mechanisms to support giving over the coming years – exploring the remit of the Social Action Fund
Investment in civil society organisations – what new resources to build local infrastructures?
How can giving, and opportunities to give, be most successfully integrated into everyday life?
How to better promote the benefits and advantages of all types of giving to the public?
How to involve employers and the corporate sector more fully in giving and volunteering initiatives?
What are the most common barriers to giving and how can these be addressed?
How can charities ensure they maintain rigorous best practice in terms of fundraising standards?
How to improve fundraising and volunteer skills to ensure a valuable experience for those giving time and money?
Building local partnerships – how can charitable organisations of all sizes with local authorities and the private sector to enable and promote a culture of social action?

The Event:

The morning of this Policy and Practice Briefing will provide delegates a forum to be informed on and discuss the potential outcomes of the Giving White Paper, the funding being made available, and the implications for the voluntary sector, communities and employers. Delegates will consider the importance of proposals in relation to public spending cuts and their own organisation.

The afternoon will investigate examples of successful and innovative programmes of community engagement in giving – both time and financial resources, along with best practice with regards to volunteering schemes and engaging local employers. Delegates will gain ideas and insights to take back to their organisations and roles.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from national and local charities, voluntary organisations and networks, universities and colleges, social finance organisations, grant making bodies and trust funds, social enterprises, co-operatives, community interest organisations, community groups, local authorities – including policy, partnership, community services, community engagement and third sector liaison officers, local economic partnerships, the corporate sector, employers, central government and from across public services such as education and young peoples services, NHS and social services


12 October 2011
9:40 am - 2:15 pm
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The Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London, SW11 3BB
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