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GDPR and Charity Fundraising: free legal guides from top 100 UK law firm Birketts

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GDPR and Charity Fundraising: free legal guides from top 100 UK law firm Birketts

Whether you're a charity, not-for-profit or indeed any type of organisation making use of customer data, you probably won't need us to tell you about the new general data protection regulations (GDPR) coming into force next year. But specific advice on the legal issues for charities and fundraisers from a leading UK law firm could be very useful indeed.

The new regulations will apply across the EU from 25th May 2018 and, Brexit or no Brexit, the UK will be obliged to comply with them from that date. Thereafter, to avoid further upheaval in 2019 and facilitate partnerships with EU organisations on an ongoing basis, it's also widely expected that the regulations will be adopted into domestic law.

So for anyone involved in the collection and use of data it's vital to be aware of the new legal requirements for GDPR. For charities in particular, it's one of many recent and forthcoming regulatory changes that will significantly affect the ways in which supporter data can be used by fundraisers, marketers, researchers and others.

With this in mind, top 100 UK law firm Birketts have recently been in touch to let us know about two new guides they've produced which are available for charities free of charge: Birketts' GDPR Guide and Birketts' Guide to Charity Fundraising.

The GDPR Guide covers the new regulations in detail, while the Guide to Charity Fundraising specifically looks at how GDPR and many other recent regulatory changes apply to charities and fundraising, identifiying specific actions to ensure compliance with the array of new legal requirements, so we feel these are a valuable resource worth sharing.

The guides are available now from Birketts' web page, so you can find out more and request your free copies here.

Please note these documents aim to provide overall guidance on these issues from a legal perspective, but should not be considered as specific legal advice for your organisation, for which you should contact your own representative/s.

Want to know more about GDPR or need more specialist skills?

Here's a useful summary of the regulations and their implications for charities from Daniel Fluskey, head of policy and research at the Institute of Fundraising, from The Guardian a little earlier this year.

Meanwhile if implementing these changes within your organisation is going to require more staff or specialist skills within areas like fundraising, marketing, research, data management, admin, finance or HR, don't forget we have teams of specialist recruiters dedicated to each of these areas at all levels, so we have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the skills required and candidates available in the market.

If you're looking for people with both the specialist skills and charity sector knowledge you need, we're ideally placed to help, so do get in touch with us on 020 7820 7300 or email

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