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Institute of Fundraising publishes unified Code of Practice

Institute of Fundraising publishes unified Code of Practice

The has published its single Code of Fundraising Practice, which updates and consolidates the 28 individual codes of practice developed over the years. The new Code is published in print and online, with relevant links.

The code is designed to allow individuals and fundraising organisations to demonstrate best pratice, eliminate poor practice and increase public trust and confidence in the voluntary and community sector.

Launching the Code of Fundraising Practice, Stephen Pidgeon, Chair of the IoF Standards Committee that initiated and led the development of the new code, said: “I'm immensely proud that after a year of consultation and hard work by many IoF staff and members we have reduced the 28 original Codes of Fundraising Practice to one. They were long and repetitive, and in some cases contradictory".





The Code of Fundraising Practice contains the standards that the fundraising community sets through the work of the Institute of Fundraising’s Standards Committee, as well as offering legal ./guidance in key areas.

It is designed to exhibit four hallmarks – legal, honest, open and respectful.



The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) has welcomed the new Code of Fundraising Practice, against which the FRSB will continue to regulate fundraising practice. 

Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, said: "The fundraising standards set out in the new streamlined Code clearly define what can and cannot be done when raising money for charity in the UK. It is against these standards that the FRSB continues to regulate and we welcome the clarifications made to ./guidance within, particularly around cash collections. Within the new Code, there is a clear focus on the overarching principles that constitute good fundraising and less ambiguity and duplication from one discipline to another".

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Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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