The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) has appointed Simon Boex as Manager for Wales and opened a FRSB Wales office. His role will be to promote self-regulation of fundraising in Wales, recruit more Welsh charities to the scheme and raise awareness of the high standards that member charities commit to.
The appointment is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, which has allocated a grant of £115,000 over a three-year period to fund this post and provide dedicated support for member charities in Wales.
Minister for Social Justice and Local Government, Dr Brian Gibbons said: “Charities across Wales provide such tremendous services and self-regulation of fundraising is essential if they are to demonstrate that they fundraise effectively and are accountable for their actions. The Assembly Government hopes to see a real growth in the number of charities in Wales committing to best practice in fundraising in the coming years.”
Boex will be launching a membership recruitment drive during the summer targeting both charities and fundraising suppliers in Wales.
Boex has over 30 years experience in the voluntary sector, including 12 years spent most recently at Age Concern Cymru. The post is part-time (3 days per week). Boex also works as Wales Officer for Changing Faces Cymru.
Currently, 32 charities in Wales (with a combined total of £24 million of voluntary sector income) have signed up to self-regulation.
Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the FRSB, said: “It is vital that the FRSB has a dedicated Manager to recruit and support member charities in Wales… The Welsh Assembly has shown tremendous support for charity fundraising in Wales by providing funding for this post”.