GDPR is still an area of confusion and contention for many charities and fundraisers, particularly in the area of major donor fundraising. GDPR guidelines are one thing, but do they tell you when and how to research donor prospects, how much research is fair at what stage, who to invite to events, when and how to follow up, when and how to communicate privacy notices, what about new or cold prospects? So many of these are still up for debate as the legislation is deliberately open to interpretation. So how do you kick on with your major donor fundraising with confidence whilst being sure of GDPR compliance?….
This is sadly the case for many charitable organisations, resulting in limited or misguided investment in fundraising, perpetuating a wariness of fundraising when results are not as expected.
It can also mean that support from other departments is limited, as the standard for internal communication comes from the top. If Directors aren’t talking to each other and non-Fundraising senior staff do not understand the importance of fundraising, then your potential to succeed will be severely hampered.