Institute of Fundraising celebrates sixth graduation ceremony
17 November 2017
172 fundraisers celebrated gaining professional recognition of their outstanding efforts in receiving their IoF Certificates, Diplomas and International Advanced Diplomas in Fundraising.
The graduation ceremony, now in its sixth year, took place on Thursday 16th November in the Camden Centre London in front of an audience of friends and family. The Institute of Fundraising’s CEO, Peter Lewis, opened proceedings and commended the graduates on their commitment to their cause and its beneficiaries, and commitment to their donors.
The IoF qualifications advance strategic fundraising and management skills and are taught to a rigorous standard under the Fundraising Code of Practice. The Certificate in Fundraising is designed for practitioners responsible for the frontline implementation of fundraising activities, while the Diploma in Fundraising focuses on management and strategy in fundraising, the IADF International Advanced Diploma is for senior level fundraisers aspiring to be CEOs and sector thought leaders.
This latest group of successful fundraisers highlight how IoF qualifications are helping to develop charity fundraising as a profession. An important step as the IoF looks to move forward in its bid for chartered status.
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive at the Institute of Fundraising, said:
We are delighted to welcome these graduates as they join a growing cohort of over 800 students that have completed the Certificate, and nearly 300 the Diploma and Advanced Diploma. We celebrate the commitment they have made in their personal and professional development.”
Joy Jones MInstF(Dip), Area Fundraising Manager at Diabetes UK, said:
Tonight I'm celebrating my fundraising Diploma and the first day of my new role. The course has helped me grow my confidence, and lead to my recent promotion to Fundraising Manager. The skills I learned at the IoF have improved the work of my team and lead to a real tangible change.”
Zoe Hudson MInstF(Dip), Events and Fundraising Coordinator, said:
The Diploma has put me in good stead for my career and put me in a higher grade than others in the fundraising sector. The course was harder than I anticipated but this made me realise how much I didn’t know and motivated me to keep going. I was so committed to completing my IoF qualification, that I submitted my final essay whilst in labour, and am now looking forward to returning from maternity leave to start my new role.”