The Commission is here to make 2 + 2 = 5. We're focused on adding value, not noise. Bringing donors and fundraisers together to identify what needs to change, how it needs to change and how to make it change.

What will the Commission produce?

The Commission will produce a set of practical recommendations supported by case studies, evidence and ‘how-to’ guides for charities to implement. These will address the main concerns of the giving public relating to fundraising.

When will it deliver any outputs?

The Commission will produce the agreed scope and contents around late spring/early summer 2016 at the end of the first phase. It is possible that some areas of concern will already have draft recommendations for testing and/or implementation by this stage. Any recommendations, as soon as they are ready, will be made available to charities as the Commission progresses. It is hoped that the Commission’s final report will be available by the end of 2016 or soon thereafter

How is it going to work?

The Commission is powered by volunteers. These volunteers are predominantly fundraisers and donors, but in reality anyone who has an interest in changing fundraising for good and the time and energy to make a meaningful contribution is welcome to bring their expertise, opinions and spirit to bring about positive change. At time of launch the Commission has attracted nearly 300 volunteers to help change fundraising for good. As it grows, this movement will also be the mandate for change. Through their active involvement, volunteer donors and fundraisers will create the authority to implement the recommendations.

In this way the Commission is an enabler. It is a tool for the sector to wield to help change fundraising for good. The Commission itself is not sitting on a set of ideas and principles that are already thought through and awaiting distribution. The scope, content, recommendations and implementation from the Commission will be defined, generated, evaluated, tested and implemented by the volunteers with the mandate of the movement.

The programme of work of the Commission will be divided into tangible, discrete projects. Each project will have a draft brief and structure that will deliver outputs for the final guidance. Each project will be refined and delivered by volunteers. Each project will be made available for comment, testing, validation and challenge.

A small secretariat led by Richard Spencer, the Commission’s director, will ensure that the infrastructure and processes are in place to support the volunteers in achieving the vision.

How will the outputs be decided?

The recommendations will be provided by the volunteer project groups. These recommendations will have been shared with donors and fundraisers – and there will be opportunities to comment and critique the recommendations. The final guidance will be assessed by the commissioners – who ultimately have the sign off.

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