Rob Williamson (pictured above. Source: Community Foundation), chief executive of Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and vice chair of the umbrella body for local grantmaking organisations, said:
Personally I worry about the proliferation of crowdfunding platforms because it is a terrifically inefficient way of raising money, along with issues around distribution.
Clearly the proliferation of appeals in response to Grenfell was confusing for the public, courted reputational issues for the charities involved and raised significant concerns about how the money raised should be spent.
I’m not sure a coordinating body would stop that, in fact I’m sure it wouldn’t.
So what, one could ask? Williamson suggested that the sector might look more to
corroboration, partnership and shared protocols.
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