IoF welcomes new Ministers for charities

15 June 2017

Speaking about the new Minister for Civil Society’s appointment, Peter Lewis said;

“I offer my warm congratulations on behalf of the fundraising community to Tracey Crouch on her appointment as Minister for Civil Society. Charities play a vital role in our lives and communities spending over £1500 per second on important causes, and directly employing over 800,000 people in every part of the country. Demand for charity services is always growing but many charities are struggling to raise the resources they need. Fundraising is a big part of the solution and we would urge the minister to look at ways to grow and support charity fundraising, especially for smaller charities and community groups looking for new ways to fundraise.

“Fundraisers also know that sport and mass-participation events are excellent ways to engage people, build communities and raise money for good causes, and we look forward to discussing with the Minister how her role can help harness that engagement to benefit good causes.

“We also should not overlook that many sports organisations also need to raise funds to support their activities. The Institute is ready to offer its fundraising experience and expertise to the Minister, and to sports organisations across the UK, to support their ambitions more widely”

Welcoming the appointment of the new Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Peter Lewis said;

“I would like to congratulate Mel Stride on his appointment to this post, which is incredibly important for supporting fundraising and giving through the tax system. We have seen very welcome reforms in the past, and hope that the new minister will seek to build on this good work. For example, there is more to do to recognise and encourage legacy giving through the tax system, supporting smaller charities further through the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, and ways to reduce the cost of irrecoverable VAT on the fundraising sector. At a busy time for the Government, we stand ready to work together to support charities and strengthen the links between people and the causes they support.”