New National Occupational Standards for fundraisers announced

Howard Lake | 16 April 2008 | Training

The UK Workforce Hub and The Institute of Fundraising have collaborated to revise and improve the fundraising National Occupational Standards (NOS). The standards have been designed for fundraisers, those who fundraise as part of their work, and those that manage fundraising, whether it is in a voluntary or paid capacity.
Fundraisers will be able to apply the standards that are specific to their role, as the new NOS include units on grant fundraising, corporate fundraising, major gifts and direct marketing.
These standards, funded by the Sector Skills Development Agency (renamed the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, UKCES), cover both the skills and the knowledge that every competent fundraiser needs to be able to do their job at a nationally recognised level of competence.
Carrick Allison, Director of Professional Development at the Institute of Fundraising, said: “The new Fundraising Standards mark a significant advance in the support available to volunteer and paid fundraisers throughout the UK. Whether a fundraising employee, volunteer or employer, there now exists a freely available resource that will help them to perform better in their role, enhance the quality of service to donors and through this, build the resources available to their organisation to make a genuine difference to society. The Institute will continue to work with individuals and organisations, using the Standards as a baseline, to deliver excellent fundraising.”

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