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Institute of Fundraising's new Web site available

Institute of Fundraising's new Web site available

The Institute of Fundraising has redesigned its two-year-old Web site.

The Institute of Fundraising’s new Web site is now available. Reflecting the new corporate identity, the site adopts a frames-based approach, with a navigation bar that has been slimmed down from the previous extensive and difficult-to-read version.

There is still a great deal of information to add to the site. Most of the sub-sections of the Information section, for example, explain “This page is currently under development – content will be added soon!”.

There is no search facility for the whole site, and we also could not find any mention of Data Protection policies for the site. Even in the members-only area, the link to privacy policy did not work. Nor could we find any evidence of the Institute’s legal status – registered charity? Limited company? VAT registration number?

There are a few other inconsistencies too. For example, the site lists the E-Commerce & Internet Fundraising Group as an Institute Special Interest Group “operated within Institute of Fundraising guidelines.” The last we heard, this group was operated independently.

The site offers considerable potential, especially the members-only area. Web-based services are now a fundamental aspects of any membership-based professional body. It is interesting therefore that the Institute has teamed up with the American Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to offer Institute members the AFP’s e-mail briefing. Aren’t there UK-based funding and fundraising e-mail briefings of interest to Institute members?

Visit the Institute of Fundraising.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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