Government legislation and policies can have a significant impact on the work of professionals working in education wherever they are in the world. In Europe, CASE provides support, resources and expertise to help advance growing government support for philanthropy and fundraising activity. CASE also works with other associations and organisations to communicate members' interests, views and needs to government policy makers.
Some of our public policy work is outlined below:
Following consultation with our members in the UK, CASE and Universities UK have submitted a joint response to Fundraising Preference Service Working Group on the scope of the FPS and the impact its introduction will have on the education sector.
The working group has produced a paper and made a number of proposals with regard to:
With schools, colleges and universities having charitable status in the UK, CASE Europe and Universities UK have been focussed on making sure that any changes to fundraising practice do not inadvertently have a negative impact on the fundraising that takes place within and for educational institutions. This has been done through meetings with government ministers and other key stakeholders as well as engagement with their respective memberships.
In the response to the proposals, CASE Europe and Universities UK said:
"As a community we were disappointed, like everyone else, with the fundraising techniques that were revealed in 2015 as being used by some registered charities. We were pleased that the government decided to take action. However, we believe now is the time for the regulation to focus on the challenges which were uncovered. This should not unintentionally harm good practice and long-standing relationships. We look forward to engaging with you further in the coming months to develop an FPS that protects individuals and ensures good fundraising practice while avoiding unintended consequences."
The submission was sent to George Kidd, the working group chair, at the start of April 2016.
The HEFCE report makes recommendations on how to attract, retain and develop the workforce needed to reach the ambitious goal set in the Pearce report 2012 of reaching a £2 billion yearly philanthropic goal by 2022. The publication of this report will help raise the profile of the fundraising profession, which has an increasingly significant role to play in the higher education sector.
Read the CASE Europe media statement
CASE Europe welcomes the Review of Philanthropy in Higher Education report and supports its recommendations in working toward further embedding a culture of giving to higher education in the UK.
CASE Europe and other stakeholder groups, including the Ross Group of Development Directors and the 1994 Group of Development Directors, representing fundraising professionals in the UK's higher education sector, share views that news regarding the introduction of a new cap on tax relief could be an actual or perceived disincentive to increased and current giving among major donors.