Institute of Fundraising launches new Suppliers Forum

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19 December 2016

The Institute of Fundraising has launched their new Suppliers Forum. After a year of growth in all areas of membership across the IoF – including amongst its corporate partners – the Forum has been established to bring the IoF’s corporate supporter members together to share ideas and discuss sector-wide challenges.

The membership of the forum represents a cross-section of different fundraising disciplines to ensure every aspect of the fundraising agency environment is represented. The Suppliers Forum will help inform the IoF’s policy, insight and research work, and will meet at least four times a year.

Outlining his vision for the Suppliers Forum Richard Taylor, Chair of the IoF, said:

“It is important that we co-create the way we raise standards for our sector. The distinction between fundraisers and suppliers is often misunderstood, particularly when suppliers interact with the public on behalf of a Charity. This has been more notable in recent challenging times.  The Forum represents a way forward for suppliers to be heard and recognised as an integral part of the fundraising ecosystem.”

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said at the launch:

“So much fundraising activity, especially innovative fundraising, comes from partnerships between agencies or suppliers and charities.

“This new Suppliers Forum gives recognition to that, and gives our private sector partners and supporters a place to come together and discuss key issues affecting them and the sector. It underlines the important role the Institute can now play bringing all parts of the fundraising community together to share insight and experience, and make plans for the future.”

Scott Gray, managing director of Rapidata, and Chair of the Forum, said:

For some time, agencies have met and discussed issues, but often in isolation. The launch of the IoF Suppliers Forum now brings together agencies that are passionate about supporting the sector and have a wealth of experience to offer.

“By working together in this way, we will not only have an opportunity to share our thinking and raise standards, but to channel relevant issues through the IoF and ensure they are considered in future standard setting. It has never been more important that we work from the heart of the sector and help charities adapt to what remains a challenging, but dynamic national fundraising environment.”