first_img Telephone fundraising agency R Fundraising entered administration this week after its parent company Fundraising Initiatives Group established the telephone agency did not have a viable future, following the negative publicity over the past few months around charity fundraising and telephone fundraising in particular.The company closed for business on 28 July 2015 and was placed into administration on 3 August.99 jobs lostThe closure of R Fundraising means that 99 staff members were made redundant, 82 in Dunfermline and 17 in Manchester.These losses follow those at GoGen, a telephone fundraising agency which was criticised in national news over alleged fundraising practices and targeting of vulnerable people, and which subsequently closed last month with the loss of 485 jobs.Hamish Horton, Group Managing Director of Fundraising Initiatives Group, announced the move into administration “with deep regret”, adding that it was “not a decision that has been taken lightly”.Financial support and rescue planR Fundraising had been the newest member company of Fundraising Initiatives Group. It acquired it in January this year when it was approached with a request to support the agency that was struggling financially. Fundraising Initiatives reported “a positive first quarter” as it tried to help the agency reach a secure footing.However, the extensive national media investigation and allegations about other telephone fundraising agencies resulted in some charities pulling back from telephone fundraising. Fundraising Initiatives senior management worked with R Fundraising’s managing director Gordon Michie “to exhaust all possible options to keep the agency open”.Jon Beard of business recovery specialists Begbies Traynor, who are handling the administration process, told UK Fundraising: Advertisement  63 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Fundraising Initiatives Telephone fundraising About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. R Fundraising enters administrationcenter_img “We were instructed by the company to discuss its options after a winding-up petition was served.  It became apparent from our discussions that the company was not a viable concern as it was loss-making and heavily reliant upon significant funding from its parent group in order to meet wages and other overheads”.He added:“We therefore worked closely with the management to place the company into administration in order to allow for employee claims to be dealt with at the earliest possible time.  We continue to work closely with the company to expedite payment of employee claims from the National Insurance Fund…”Hamish Horton stated:“It is hugely disappointing that we were unable to rescue R Fundraising, its skilled and experienced fundraisers and its services to the charity sector, when our starting point was to do just that”.Group directors attended the Dunfermline and Manchester offices in person together with representatives of the administrator to notify staff of the closure and to ensure the decision and the redundancy process were explained in full.Prior notice and normal payment was not possible because of the rules of the administration process. The Group states that “all staff have been given the necessary information to be able to recover the salaries owed to them as quickly as possible by claiming through the Government’s Redundancy Payments Service via the administrator”.Support for staffIn a statement to UK Fundraising, Horton thanked “all members of staff for their hard work and loyalty to the agency”.“We are very conscious that real people with real lives are being affected, many of whom have been working with the agency for long periods, and we are deeply sorry for the unavoidable and wide reaching impact the closure will bring to staff and their families”.He added that the Board was talking to another telephone fundraising agency to support any charity clients in mid-campaign for continuity in their fundraising. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Howard Lake | 7 August 2015 | Newslast_img read more

first_imgThe following excerpts are from a statement released by the “Hands Up” coalition, comprised of mainly St. Louis County activists, including from Ferguson, Mo., who have announced a mass mobilization in Ferguson from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13 to demand Justice for Michael Brown. Email [email protected] or go to“Hands up, don’t shoot” activist at Climate Change March, New York City, Sept. 21.WW photo: G. DunkelWe are in a movement moment.What began as a local call for “Justice for Mike Brown” has grown into a nationwide shout for justice. Mike Brown falls in a long line of others killed as a result of systemic racial bias and violence against black and brown communities. John Crawford III, Ezel Ford, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Marilyn Banks and countless others named and unnamed have been killed through the excessive use of force by law ­enforcement.As droves of people, many of them young and black, took to the streets of Ferguson in resistance and to demand justice for Mike Brown, thousands of others joined in solidarity around the country. The interconnectedness of our struggles became clear. Police brutality and excessive use of force against young people of color, militarized policing, poverty, economic inequality and the absence of real participatory democracy deeply harm our communities from Dayton, Ohio, to Los Angeles, Calif.The uprisings in Ferguson and mobilizations around the country represent a desire by community members to claim their right to self-determination, energy to strengthen a movement for racial justice, and to end violence against black and brown communities.We are calling for a convergence in Ferguson, Mo., from Oct. 9th to 13th to continue the fight for justice for Mike Brown and to spark the broader movement for racial justice and sow transformative seeds for others to carry back home. There is an urgency in this moment to strengthen the mobilizing, organizing and resistance happening across the country to build a movement.If you want to join in this national fight, sign up to organize locally and come to Ferguson, Mo., Oct. 9th to 13th.Our values:This mobilization is centered around the following key values:* There is a prevailing need to empower individuals and communities with the knowledge and resources they need to transform the world around them.* Constant struggle and vigilance are necessary to protect our rights and achieve the justice that we seek.* Our shared oppressions cannot be reduced to the personal; our issues are systemic, so the solutions should be as well.* While racism can manifest itself personally all too often, racism is also institutionalized and structural. The sooner we can see racism as structural, the sooner we can try to break the cycle.* Our current economic system degrades people of color and low-income people — justice must address the economic inequality built into the capitalist system.* We believe that movements are based in local struggles; sometimes, like here in Ferguson, our movements find a crack where we must all push together. We are fighting for Justice for Mike Brown, for many others murdered by the police and for people of color as a whole.What to expect:Thousands of leaders from around the country will arrive in Ferguson on October 9th and 10th. Hands Up United will hold direct action trainings, have people participate in actions and identify leaders for demonstrations planned for the weekend. We will also ask organizers coming to town to canvass and do grassroots outreach.On Saturday, Oct. 11th, there will be a large mobilization march. We expect large numbers for this march, and your participation is key to making this ­happen.­On Sunday, Oct. 12th, we will be having faith meetings and trainings in preparation for distributed actions which will take place on Oct. 13th.On Monday, Oct. 13th, we will have a distributed day of action with civil disobedience and major demonstrations at significant targets.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more