Peter Lewis is Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising. His role involves responsibility for the overall leadership and management of the IoF, making sure the Institute delivers against the organisational objectives set by our members in the most effective way possible.
Peter Lewis’ previous roles include Chief Executive of London Voluntary Service Council; he has worked for Crisis, acted as CEO of the London Cycling Campaign and held a senior role at the Greater London Authority.
IoF Chief Executive, Peter Lewis, takes a look at what 2017 may bring from a fundraising perspective.
New figures this week show that more people than ever are choosing to leave a gift to charity in their will.
Today’s much awaited report from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee – which I have welcomed and consider to be very balanced - gives us all another chance to reflect on how our environment as fundraisers has changed over the last year.
Fundraising is the lifeblood of charities across the UK. The billions of pounds donated from the public each year is essential to the delivery of services and work for good causes both at home and abroad.
The long-awaited summit on fundraising self-regulation is now only days away.
I became aware of Streetdoctors three years ago when surfing the internet for a volunteer opportunity. The whole concept immediately got me emotionally in the gut. And it all began with two medical students...
As well as fundraising practices themselves, the system of self-regulation for fundraising has been closely scrutinised over the summer.
It has been a challenging time for the whole fundraising community over the last few months. The Institute has had a central role to play in responding to those challenges, whilst at the same time continuing its day to day work providing training and development opportunities for fundraisers, including, of course, staging our flagship National Fundraising Convention and Awards.
There are no simple answers to the seemingly simple questions being asked of us. And when dealing with something as important as public trust and confidence in charities, donations, the needs of beneficiaries, improving all of our lives, the questions are too important to rush to solutions. We need the right response, not the first one.
The charity sector is currently awash with debate about our problems, and what we want the next government to do about them.