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Institute of Fundraising welcomes draft Charities Bill

The Institute of Fundraising has welcomed the announcement of the draft Charities Bill in the Queen’s Speech.
However, it expressed regret that some elements of the media had used it to attack face-to face fundraising, “a successful form of fundraising which attracts new, younger donors who commit to giving in the long-term”.
Andrew Watt, Head of Policy and Standards at the Institute, said: “Media articles that ignore the facts and fail to acknowledge the existence of the sector’s self-regulatory body serve to harm donor confidence and threaten levels of voluntary income.
“Face-to-face fundraising was responsible for 690,000 new, committed supporters for the voluntary sector in 2002 alone. Those donors pledged £240 million to the sector over the next five years”.
He added: “charity trustees would be failing in their duty to their beneficiaries if they neglected to secure long-term, sustainable income streams such as these”.
The Institute of Fundraising reported that it is actively engaged with the Home Office to develop a strong regulatory framework for fundraising within the Charities Bill.