News from Finland

A new Fundraising Act has been proposed for Finland that would make it easier for charities to raise vital funds.

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Finland’s first professionally certified fundraisers graduated this month, following the successful completion of a course that took place between January 2016 and May 2017.

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A secret fundraising campaign to honour Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari on his 80th birthday with the gift of peace raised €631,877 in June – enough to pay for 15 rounds of peace negotiations.

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The majority of Finnish people feel positively towards the charity sector with 19 per cent donating regularly and a third giving occasionally, according to research from market research company Taloustutkimus.

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