The Scottish Government will publish it’s white paper on independence this Tuesday and on 18 September 2014 the people of Scotland will vote in a referendum to decide whether or not the country should remain part of the United Kingdom. The prospect of Scotland becoming a wholly independent country has created many areas of uncertainty and has the potential to affect a range of matters which will directly and indirectly impact on fundraising.
In my day job I have started to consider the potential impact of Scottish independence on my charity (the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign – a national charity working across borders) and I have been particularly grateful for the work undertaken by the Institute of Fundraising (IOF) in Scotland to stimulate the debate and grow my understanding.
In May 2013 the IOF Scotland published ‘Scottish Independence and Fundraising’ which looks at the potential impact of independence on fundraising in Scotland. The report presented the findings of 135 Institute members who participated in a survey and found: