Trustees’ seminar puts spotlight on fundraising in a changing climate

Michele Todd, (centre) with Julia Bundock and Ella Smith from Skipton Baptist Church and Denise Lawrenson and Megan Bethell from The Snowdrop Project

A workshop hosted by hlw Keeble Hawson has given charities an insight into the changing fundraising climate – and how they can avoid up to £25k penalties for pestering donors.

The packed seminar, held at the firm’s Leeds office, equipped trustees from across Yorkshire and further afield with an understanding of the different fundraising options open to them.

Held in conjunction with the Small Charities Coalition, the session was led by hlw Keeble partner Michele Todd. A legal trustee of Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity from 2010-2015, Michele is a board member of independent residential care home, Taptonholme and of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF).

She said: “Fundraising tactics have become extremely controversial and the Fundraising Preference Service launched earlier this year gives members of the public the right to demand that charities stop telephoning, texting or emailing them fundraising messages.

“Organisations will receive a warning from the regulator, which, if not heeded, will be referred to the information watchdog, who can impose a heavy penalty.

“A major challenge for many charitable organisations is the sheer volume and complexity of the regulatory changes and attendees said our event had enhanced their understanding of the breadth and depth of compliance they need to navigate.”

The next seminar, also in partnership with the Small Charities Coalition, is called ‘A beginner’s guide to the new data protection rules for charities’ and focuses on the biggest shake up of data protection rules in 25 years.

It takes place on November 7 from 8.30am-10am at the firm’s Leeds office at Capital House, Russell Street. For more details visit,


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