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Mark Astarita to continue to chair Institute of Fundraising

Mark Astarita to continue to chair Institute of Fundraising

Mark Astarita, Director of Fundraising at the British Red Cross, will serve as Chair of the Institute of Fundraising for a third year. The announcement was made at the AGM of the Institute of Fundraising, held in London during the organisation's National Convention.

Stephen George, Fundraising Director at Maggie's, will continue to serve as Vice Chair and Helen Elliot, of auditors Sayer Vincent, will serve a second term as Treasurer.

Di Flatt, of Epilepsy Action and Chair of the Institute of Fundraising's Yorkshire regional group, was elected the Institute's Honorary Secretary.

Mark Astarita said: "It is a privilege to chair the Institute for a third year. As the economic climate hands out challenge after challenge to our fundraising teams, I am honoured to lead the Institute in its work to give fundraisers an influential voice to government, and to continue to grow our membership and professional development programmes".

Three new trustees

At the same meeting, the results of the trustee election to the Board were announced.

The new trustees are:

  • Adrian Sargeant, Professor of Marketing and Fundraising at the University of Plymouth Business School
  • Karen McKenzie, Director of Income Generation at Douglas MacMillan Hospice in Staffordshire
  • Mags Tierney, Joint Secretary of the Link Centre in Belfast.

Trustees are elected by members of the Institute of Fundraising and they meet six times a year. Elections take place annually, and all members are invited to consider standing.

Trustees stand for three years and can be re-elected for a further three-year term. The trustees also have the power to co-opt additional members onto the Board for their specific skills.

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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