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The Regulatory Framework for Fundraising in Europe

November 1, 2017

This study compares the legal framework for fundraising in 16 European countries.The research focuses on the regulation of fundraising by CSOs, defined as soliciting voluntary philanthropic contributions from individuals, corporations and grant-making organizations.It examines options for both statutory regulation and self-regulation.It draws upon international legal instruments, country laws and regulations, articles and studies, and maps out a broad spectrum of issues affecting fundraising, from reporting requirements to penalties to restrictions on cross-border donations.It features case studies on Slovakia, the United Kingdom, and Spain, which provide concrete insights on the regulation of fundraising in countries from different regions and with different legal system and philanthropic cultures.The report covers 16 countries from all regions of Europe; 21 international and regional documents; 65 laws and regulations; 101 secondary resources; 30 links and websites; 3 case studies.This report is a first step towards further research to assess the impact and implementation of legislation and self-regulation fundraising. A summary is available:

Fundraising; Legislation and Taxation

Filantropie in Nederland : Grote Gever Onderzoek 2015

November 19, 2015

Philanthropy in the Netherlands is a large-scale research with the aim of bringing the different worlds of experience of non-profit organizations and major donors to map and build a bridge that brings them closer to each other. This study addresses the relationship between large donors and nonprofit organizations, and the expectations they have in this regard. More than 1,300 respondents participated in the online survey and 40 in depth interviews.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Fundraising; Giving and Volunteering; Grantmaking and Programme Management

The Capacity Catalogue: Enabling Open Society Grantees to Achieve More

June 1, 2015

This digital booklet is designed to help Open Society grantees and prospective grantees in Europe strengthen their organisations.Like any for-profit company or public institution, civil society organisations must be competent in several areas to function well under pressure, and with few resources. Their capacity to do their work depends on their performance in many areas: governance, strategy, work planning, communication, fundraising, and several others. The Capacity Catalogue helps civil society organisations recognise these areas, assess how they currently perform, and find the help they need. Its aim is to help civil society leaders identify their organisations' strengths, their weaknesses, and think critically about where and how to improve. This document is a joint publication with ODS, with the support of the Open Society Initiative for Europe.Resources are included at the end.

Administration and Management; Fundraising; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Fundraising Guide : A Resource for Philanthropists

January 1, 2015

This guide has been created to help answer the following question: how can a philanthropist fundraise?It has therefore been built with philanthropists in mind. Philanthropists that might:- have their own foundation for which they wish to secure additional support- have a particular passion and wish to mobilise their networks to co-donate with them in a particular project, geographic location, or theme- have an (un)official role with a third party organisation for whom they wish to leverage funding


Who's Doing the Asking? Diversity In the Fundraising Profession

November 1, 2013

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) carried out this piece of research to get a better understanding of the make-up of the fundraising workforce and gain an insight into the diversity of the profession.


Fundraising in Europe: A Decade of Change

March 1, 2013

This report was produced by the European Fundraising Association (EFA) in 2013 as a survey of national fundraising associations. It highlights the resilience of not-for-profit income over the financial crisis, with levels of giving maintaining a steady flow. It details the importance of traditional sources of fundraising despite the grows of many new forms and technologies. The report also discusses the changes in the role of government over the last decade: the evolution of tax incentives for charitable giving, VAT relief and data protection legislation. Respondents to the study were also asked about the development of the philanthropy sector, citing its professional development as a particular positive in the industry. Concerns about he potential for growth and meeting the demands of transparency, accoutnability and public trust in the sector, are both challenges that will continue into the next decade.

Fundraising; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Centraal Bureau Fondsenwerving (CBF). Reglement En Bijlagen CBF-Keur

January 1, 2012

Since 1995, the Central Bureau Fonsenwerving (CBF) has awarded "Quality Standard Labels" to organisations they feel that maintain a high standard of transparency in fundraising activities, an element they consider important for justifying their existence. This document contains the list of standards by which the organisations are evaluated.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Fundraising

Engaging Philanthropy for University Research

January 1, 2008

This report has been produced by an expert group set up by the Directorate General for Research of the European Commission (EC) in order to identify and review good practices in fundraising for research by universities from philanthropic sources (foundations, trusts, charities, individuals, alumni) in Europe and abroad, develop models and recommend actions to be undertaken by key actors involved.The aim of this work is to provide stakeholders with a helpful and relevant reference to improve fundraising from philanthropic sources. The report contains a number of recommendations aimed at universities, the philanthropic sector (individuals, corporations, foundations and alumni) and the European Commission, together with a call for action to raise the level of philanthropic giving for research within Europe.The expert group builds on the work of a previous group of experts which was set up in 2005 and delivered the report "Giving more for research in Europe: The role of foundations and the non-profit sector in boosting R&D investment".

Education; Fundraising; Science and Technology

A Study of Major Gift Potential in the Netherlands

September 1, 2006

This research project aims to provide data on the size of the nonprofit sector and the value of philanthropy in the Netherlands, demonstrating the substantial potential for major gift fundraising. This study was based on interviews of more than twenty nonprofit partners as well as donors, advisers and other contacts. The sections deal with the key characteristics of major donors in the Netherlands, their motivations and expectations, the strategies for development and prospective new ways of financing NPOs as well as the "barriers" preventing the development of major gift fundraising. Online references are included.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Fundraising

Carta Della Donazione

January 1, 2005

The Italian Institute of Donations was established in 2004 as an Italian non-profit organisation. A member of The International Committee on Fundraising organisations (ICFO), its purposes are to promote and foster excellence, transparency, integrity, fair management practices and ethical conduct in non-profit organisations as well as to verify and monitor whether certain organisations who apply for an accreditation by IID respect these values. The accreditation process is based on the 'Carta della Donazione' as a code of conduct for fundraising in the Italian non-profit sector.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Fundraising

System Der Standards Für Non Profit Organisationen in Den Bereichen Spendenmittelaufbringung Und Spendenmittelverwaltung

January 1, 2005

This document describes a set of standards of transparency and accountability for non-profit organisations that engage in fundraising or grant administration. The publication also includes document templates for certifying compliance with standards.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Fundraising; Grantmaking and Programme Management

The Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union: A Layperson's Guide to Funding

July 1, 2004

This guide aims to help NGOs and companies in the new EU member states to better understand and have easier access to the EU Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) funding. The information gathered consists of several guidelines for the application process and a collection of specific up-to-date information and (web) addresses. In addition to the original version of this guide, updates should be available every six months from the same source.


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