Institute of Fundraising report record level of membership at AGM

Institute of Fundraising report record level of membership at AGM

5 July 2016

The Institute of Fundraising has reported record levels of membership at the organisation’s AGM today.

  • Individual membership grows by 3% year on year to over 5700

  • Organisational membership over 475 members

  • IoF will invest more in supporting high standards and promoting the fundraising community 


Both individual membership and organisational membership are at their highest level ever, with over 5700 fundraisers and over 475 charities and fundraising agencies now members of the IoF.  This comes on the back of a challenging year with the fundraising community under intense media and political scrutiny.

The AGM also reported plans for the future direction of the membership body, including the merger with the Public Fundraising Association (PFRA) expected to take place later this month.  The IoF and PFRA, as the new single membership body for UK fundraising, will invest in a new compliance service to help support fundraisers to comply with regulations and to promote best practice.  The Institute will also invest in external communications to strengthen the voice of the fundraising community.

Figures reported at the AGM from the IoF’s Annual Report show that the organisation is in strong financial health.  2015/16 saw incoming resources to the IoF rise to £4.9m, from £4.7m in 2014/15, with outgoing resources of £4.6m, compared with £4.5m in 2014/15.  This resulted in a total surplus of £0.33m.

The report further highlighted that the IoF has reached more fundraisers with its work over the last year through its events, conferences, training and network of volunteer-led regional and special interest groups. 

Speaking about the AGM and Annual Report, Chair of the Institute of Fundraising, Richard Taylor said:

“These figures show that the Institute is in a strong position to be able to do even more to support excellent fundraising in the future.  The fundraising community has faced many challenges and I am proud of the way that the Institute and the sector as a whole has worked to address these.  With record membership, a strong financial position, and the planned merger with the PFRA the Institute is looking forward to supporting and championing fundraisers in the years ahead.”