IoF members overwhelmingly endorse new accreditation programme

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13 February 2017

Earlier this year, the Institute of Fundraising, the professional membership body for UK fundraising, launched a consultation on a new public fundraising accreditation programme for members. The consultation has now ended and the results show very strong support from the sector for the programme to be implemented, with 92% of members who responded indicating their support for introducing an accreditation programme.

Importantly, the programme will cover those charities with in-house fundraising teams as well as agencies. Initially however, the programme will only focus on those organisations carrying out regular individual giving by direct debit. The accreditation programme is designed to provide IoF members with greater levels of information and transparency about those with whom they work. Its aim is to demonstrate the high standards found in public fundraising, but also help drive up the consistency of professional standards across the charity sector.

The Institute will be asking applicants to demonstrate a high degree of understanding when it comes to the laws and regulations that apply to public fundraising, and be able to evidence this with strong policies and robust training programmes. As the professional development body for the sector, the IoF is putting high quality training at the heart of its new accreditation programme. Compliance Managers will then regularly observe accredited members’ training programmes to ensure that standards are being consistently met.

Peter Hills-Jones, Director of Compliance at the IoF, said:

Ultimately what we’re focussed on is ensuring members understand the rules and are training their fundraisers well. If members are doing that consistently, then their staff can have the confidence to be both compliant and great fundraisers at the same time. This programme is about how the IoF can use compliance to support members and give even greater reassurance to the public that real action is being taken.”


For further information please contact Zoë Mayers at or on 07813 051 130/ (0)20 7840 3790