408 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 One week to go before new Code of Fundraising Practice takes effect AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 The Fundraising Regulator is reminding fundraising organisations that the new Code of Fundraising Practice comes into effect a week from now: on 1 October, and urging them to ensure they are prepared.The changes to the code were first announced in June 2019, when the regulator launched the new version as a downloadable PDF.Today the code PDF was republished on the Fundraising Regulator’s website, incorporating a small number of changes since the initial launch in June. A log of the corrections can be found here.The online code has also undergone an extensive redesign and will be available for fundraisers to use from 1 October.This is the first major redraft of the code in almost a decade, following a consultation in autumn 2018. Improvements have been made to style, presentation, clarity and accessibility to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising.The regulator is urging fundraising organisations to ensure that their fundraising materials, training and policies are updated to reflect the standards in the new code. To help, it has produced a mapping document and deletions and mergers log to show where old rules and sections have moved to, which will be available online until November 2019.Complaints will be considered against the version of the code in effect at the time of the incident. This means the new code will be used as the basis for making decisions about any concerns that take place from 1 October onwards.Suzanne McCarthy, Chair of the Fundraising Regulator’s Standards Committee, said:“We are delighted to announce that the new and improved code will soon be fully implemented. Since launching the new code back in June, fundraising organisations should have made significant progress on updating their fundraising materials to reflect the new code. By making the code easier to use and more accessible both online and in print, we have made it easier for charities and other fundraising organisations to meet their responsibilities to the public.” 407 total views, 2 views today Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 23 September 2019 | News Tagged with: Code of Fundraising Practice Fundraising Regulator
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Thanks in large part to a newly developed DNA analysis technique; on Friday, May 03, 2016 Mr. Dugniqio Dishay Forest was convicted in Vanderburgh Superior Court on charges related to the possession of crack cocaine inside of the Vanderburgh County Jail.In January 2015 confinement officers conducted a search of Mr. Forest’s cell and located nearly 21 grams of crack cocaine hidden among his personal effects. That discovery was only the first step in proving the cocaine belonged to Mr. Forest. Establishing possession in a jail setting can be difficult due to inmates having access to each others living areas as well as a pervasive unwillingness to cooperate with law enforcement.Lead Detective James Budde explained, “Due to complicated circumstances surrounding the State’s burden of proof in this matter, the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office enlisted the expertise of Dr. Mark Perlin to conduct DNA analysis of the baggie that contained the crack cocaine. Dr. Perlin is recognized within the scientific community as an expert in DNA analysis. Dr. Perlin founded CyberGenetics Inc., a DNA analysis company based in Pittsburgh. Dr. Perlin developed a software program known as TrueAllele, which can identify and separate the DNA of multiple individuals that may have cross contaminated a particular item. TrueAllele had previously been used to help identify victims of the World Trade Center attacks. Dr. Perlin’s technology and expertise with respect to DNA analysis came at the recommendation of theIndiana State Police lab, although his methods had never before been admitted into an Indiana court. This past Friday the Honorable Judge D’Amour ruled the TrueAllele results as admissible at Mr. Forest’s trial.”The jury heard from several witnesses during the course of the trial, which included ISP lab technicians, confinement officers, narcotics detectives, Forest’s cell mate at the time of the cocaine seizure, as well as Dr. Perlin himself. Dr. Perlin gave expert testimony that there was no evidence of Forest’s cell mates’ DNA on the baggie of cocaine, but that there was a match for Mr. Forest. This evidence was crucial in securing a conviction of Mr. Forest.The lead prosecutor for this case was Deputy Prosecutor Javier Lugo, who was assisted by Deputy Prosecutor Justin Brandt. Mr. Forest was convicted of a lesser included charge of Possession of Cocaine as a Level 4 Felony, which carries a sentencing range of two (2) to twelve (12) years. Mr. Forest is currently serving a federal sentence for a firearms conviction and has lengthy history of violent offenses involving narcotics and firearms.Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “Thanks to solid police work on the part of our jail staff, the investigative skill of our narcotics detectives and the eagerness of the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office to both embrace and defend new technology we were able to secure a conviction in this case.”Pictured above: Dugniqio Dishay Forest, 21, of Evansville.