With less than one year to go until new EU data protection rules come into force, national fundraising associations in Europe have expressed concern that charities in their nation are not ready for the changes.


In a recent survey by the European Fundraising Association, representatives from fifteen national fundraising associations were asked how ready they thought charities were for the changes that lie ahead. The majority of national associations (eight) said that ‘few’ charities were well prepared, while four said that ‘some were well prepared.


The general data protection regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law that will come into effect on 25 May 2018 to replace the current Data Protection Act. It’s the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years, and will introduce new requirements for how organisations process personal data.


The large majority (14 out of 15) representatives of their national fundraising associations stated it was important that EFA worked to ensure that the forthcoming data protection legislation is not overly restrictive for charity fundraising.


For more information about what GDPR will mean for charities, see Jitty van Doodewaerd's blog.


The full results of EFA’s survey will be released in the autumn via Fundraising Europe. Sign up for EFA’s free newsletter Fundraising Europe here.