Charity Finance Group respond to update on Giving White Paper

27th June 2012

Caron Bradshaw, CEO of CFG, said: “It is hugely positive that, following a turbulent three months, the Government is reiterating its commitment to the giving agenda. It’s essential to drive this as a sector, but we also need Government to continue to act as an enabler, and engage meaningfully with us to overcome barriers to innovation.”

On the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme Caron added: “This is most definitely a welcome proposal with a lot of potential. However, it will only be effective if the Government works with us to ensure it is accessible and easy to understand.”

On development of new innovations such as digital giving platforms, web-based solutions and ATM giving, Caron continued: “There is no point in ignoring that the way our donors interact with us is changing. However, commercial viability is a big hurdle and investing in new technologies brings big risks to charities. It is important to increase the number of charities that have access to what is already available as well as working with other industries to partner in developing ideas. Government will need to address this need as part of efforts to get the real big ideas off the drawing board. The Innovation in Giving Fund again offers real potential, and I applaud its aims, but it will need to be used wisely!"

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