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Institute of Fundraising to develop plans for self-regulatory body

Institute of Fundraising to develop plans for self-regulatory body

The Institute of Fundraising has commissioned a project to draw up plans for a body to regulate fundraising practice independent of statutory control.

The Institute has responded to the government’s ‘Private Action, Public Benefit’ report last year which, among other recommendations, suggested that the Government establish a new regulatory initiative to cover fundraising.

Given the Institute’s experience, independent position, and work on introducing codes of fundraising practice, it has decided “not to wait for the concepts and ideas to be framed by others.” It has
commissioned Rodney Buse to form a small steering group to develop plans for the introduction of a new fundraising regulatory body.

The project, entitled ‘The Future of Self Regulation in Charity Fundraising’, will have three stages amd will be completed by the end of 2003:

  • to identify the potential scope for such a body and the range of appropriate models available
  • to recommend a preferred solution on the basis of a mandate achieved after consultation in stage one
  • to propose a governance structure for the new body

This move to kickstart the process has been welcomed by the Home Office. Although the commission is being funded by the Insitute, it insists that the self-regulatory body will be independent of the Institute.

Rodney Buse is Vice Chair of NCVO and Chair of the voluntary sector’s Quality Standards Task Force.

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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