Revised Face-to-Face Code of Fundraising Practice Launched for Public Consultation

Howard Lake | 13 May 2008 | News

The Institute of Fundraising (‘Institute’) invites fundraisers to contribute their comments on the draft Face-to-Face Activity Code of Fundraising Practice that has been launched for public consultation. The existing Code has been revised to reflect developments in face-to-face practice and incorporate face-to-face engagement (often termed ‘prospecting’). The public consultation is for a period of 12 weeks and closes on Friday 8th August 2008.
As well as reflecting the developments in face-to-face activity, the revised draft Code also details legal and best practice ./guidance in the areas of face-to-face campaign planning, the training of agents, the conduct of approaches, and identifying sites and procedures.
Comments are welcome on all aspects of the draft Code, but the Institute of Fundraising is particularly interested in the sectors’ views on:
– Whether face-to-face engagement should be treated in the same way as face-to-face fundraising
– Whether this draft Code would help or hinder face-to-face activity?
Megan Pacey, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Institute of Fundraising, says:
“It is vital that all stakeholders engaged in face-to-face activity input into this Code of Fundraising Practice consultation in order to ensure that this Code fully meets the needs of the sector and maintains a sustainable environment for face-to-face activity.
“Face-to-face fundraisers have recently felt the full force of a legislative environment as they have been required to implement new solicitation statements. The challenges that many have experienced in implementing these strengthened legal requirements has demonstrated why as a sector the Codes of Fundraising Practice matter and why we must embrace self-regulation.”
The revised draft Face-to-Face Activity Code of Fundraising Practice can be viewed at www.institute-of-fundraising,org.uk/currentconsultations
Submissions should be sent by email to:
codes@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk
or by post to:
Policy Team
Institute of Fundraising
Park Place
12 Lawn Lane
London
SW8 1UD
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MEDIA ENQUIRIES
For further information please contact:
Diana Mackie Tel. 020 7840 1027/ 07793 802 852
Institute of Fundraising email: dianam@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Institute of Fundraising
The Institute of Fundraising’s (www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk) mission is to support fundraisers, through leadership, representation, standards setting and education, to deliver excellent fundraising. Members are supported through training, networking, the dissemination of best practice and representation on issues that affect the fundraising environment. The Institute of Fundraising is the largest individual representative body in the voluntary sector with 4500 Individual members and 280 Organisational members
2. Face-to-Face Fundraising Code Working Party
• Milly Ahmed, Gift
• Mick Aldridge, PFRA
• Chris Ashworth, Oxfam
• Alice Carter, British Red Cross
• Morag Flemming, Quarriers
• Nick Henry, Concern Worldwide
• Caroline Howe, Institute of Fundraising
• Ben McNaught, Shelter
• Megan Pacey, Institute of Fundraising
• Sharon Rasmussen, Dialogue Direct
• Judith Rich OBE (Chair)
• Rupert Tappin, Fundraising Initiatives Ltd.
• Claire Thomas, VSO
• Kathryn Toner, Cancer Research UK
3. Codes of Fundraising Practice
The Institute has established 27 Codes of Fundraising Practice, representing the best practice standards set for fundraisers in the UK, in addition to the Code of Conduct. Each Code covers a separate fundraising technique and provides not only information on relevant areas of the law but also the best practice that the fundraising sector has set itself to ensure the highest standards.

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