The UK’s Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) is to run an extended session at the 30th International Fundraising Congress (IFC) in the Netherlands in October. A new addition to this year’s programme, it will cover options for extending face-to-face (F2F) fundraising professional and regulatory best practice internationally.
The session – F2F United! Does F2F fundraising need to organise internationally – aims to discover whether there is an appetite among fundraisers around the world for sharing skills, experience and best practice and, if so, what form this co-operation could take. It will run for the afternoon of 21 October.
Mick Aldridge, PFRA’s chief executive, said:
“Face-to-face fundraising is a global fundraising ‘movement’ that is practised in various forms in upward of 50 countries. Yet it is a nascent one without leadership or sharing of professional or regulatory best practice.
“This means that knowledge in professional best practice, dealing with the media, complaints handling, stewardship and working with regulators and legislators is rarely shared beyond national boundaries and has to be rediscovered from scratch each time a problem is encountered.
“That’s why we are pleased to be working with the Resource Alliance on this extended session. I was at the IFC last year and my gut feeling is that there is demand for information and exploration in this area. The PFRA, as one of the leading self-regulatory bodies in the world, will be there with a lot of expertise and experience to contribute.”
Neelam Makhijani, chief executive of the Resource Alliance added:
“As the IFC is about people coming together to form a fundraising community, to explore and develop all avenues of fundraising, it is an ideal platform for this discussion to take place. The Resource Alliance is also keen to share the findings from this session throughout the global south, through our workshops, where face-to-face fundraising is becoming very popular, especially in India and Brazil”.
The session will be hosted by Mick Aldridge (UK), CEO of the PFRA, and international F2F expert Daryl Upsall (Spain), and will feature contributions from Owen Watkins (Switzerland), global F2F specialist at Unicef, and PFRA’s head of communications Ian MacQuillin (UK), with other F2F practitioners to be confirmed.
The 30th IFC will take place at the NH Leeuwenhorst Hotel and Conference Centre in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands on October 19-22, 2010.
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