News from The Netherlands
The Dutch government has proposed a series of measures to encourage charities to opt in to the national philanthropy validation system, in a letter to the House of Representatives by Dutch state secretary of security and justice, Klaas Dijkhoff.
A group of 22 Dutch charities have joined forces to test the current compliance standards of their face-to-face agencies.
With face-to-face fundraising being an important channel for the recruitment of regular donors for many Dutch charities, the group, led by charity trade association Goede Doelen Nederland, set up a pilot scheme to test agency compliance standards through a collective auditing approach.
Jan van Berkel has been elected new Chair of the Dutch Charity Branch Association Goede Doelen Nederland, succeeding Jan Jaap de Graeff, who announced his resignation from the position earlier this year.
A new self-regulatory scheme for charity fundraising will be introduced in the Netherlands in 2016. The system has been developed after the fundraising industry itself sought a more comprehensive system that would ensure higher standards across the sector, a greater focus on impact reporting and protection of public trust.