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Institute of Fundraising now a Chartered body

Institute of Fundraising now a Chartered body

The is now a Chartered body after its Royal Charter was formally sealed and approved.

The Institute of Fundraising started operating as a Chartered body from 1 April, and will change its name, identity and website in the coming months.



The IoF formally applied for Chartered status last year, after working towards becoming a Chartered Institute for some years. The Queen approved an Order granting the Royal Charter on 14 February 2020, and the Royal Charter took legal effect when the Royal seal was attached to the formal charter in Parliament last week.

will raise the profile and status of fundraising, helping to promote and provide public recognition of fundraising as a profession with high standards of practice at its heart and which delivers public benefit.

In a message to members, Peter Lewis, its Chief Executive said:

“Almost 37 years to the day that the Institute was first formed we received our Royal Charter. It represents formal recognition of fundraising as a profession, reflecting your professional skills and your commitment to learning and development. It recognises the huge contribution you all make to making the world a better place.

“And perhaps never in a generation has this country needed your professional skills more. As fundraising activity around the UK is severely curtailed by coronavirus, it is only with your professional skills and experience that charities will be able to raise the funds they need to meet increases in demand, or simply maintain their efforts for the causes or communities they serve.”


Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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