Britain’s under-fire charity sector is beginning a fightback against planned government regulation of fundraising activities, after a spotlight was shone on the ‘aggressive’ approach adopted by some following the death of Olive Cooke.
This incident prompted David Cameron to promise new laws designed to clampdown on repeated calls and letters urging people to donate, with charities being told to draft written agreements stipulating how they will protect vulnerable people from being ‘hounded’.
Kirsty Marrins, who blogs about the sector and is a Trustee of the Small Charities Coalition, said: “Why is the sector not putting on their war paint and digging their trenches? We should and we MUST defend our sector.”
To that end Marrin is calling on supporters to get involved by defending charities in online debates and getting involved with Charity Comm’s Understanding Charities group
Marrin is also aghast at recent media reports criticising the fact that half of all donations to the Alzheimer's Society go on staff pay, concluding: “How many charity sector staff would be homeless if they were volunteers and unpaid? Oh but that’s ok – there are plenty of benefits to claim and council houses to go round.”