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Rejected Donation Calls Fundraising Practices into Question

A move by Beyond Blue to reject a donation raised via gay pornography has sparked discussion over fundraising rules and regulations.

David Marshall decided to raise money for Beyond Blue after his father committed suicide in 2016, following a long battle with depression.

However, Yahoo 7 reported on Wednesday that Marshall’s donation of $5,000 was rejected by Beyond Blue because raising money through pornography was against the organisation’s donation policy.

The donation was later accepted by the Black Dog Institute, who declined to comment further on the matter.

Katharine Raskob, CEO of the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA), told Pro Bono News rules and regulations around accepting donations were completely up to the charity and were determined by its values and what it was comfortable with.

“It’s totally up to the charity to refuse a donation where the activities of the donor are incompatible with the charities objector clause,” Raskob said.

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