News from The Netherlands
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.
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.
This Autumn, the Dutch parliament will consider easing the application process for periodic grants, making the donation mechanism more cost-effective.