IoF response to the FT piece on the Presidents Club fundraising event
24 January 2018
Commenting on the piece on the Presidents Club fundraising event in the Financial Times today, Peter Lewis, CEO of the Institute of Fundraising said:
"The behaviour reported in the Financial Times’ undercover investigation today is absolutely unacceptable and has no place in charity fundraising whatsoever. No staff, attendees, or volunteers at fundraising events should ever have to put up with the reported actions that took place at this event. There can be no excuse – no amount of money raised would make this kind of behaviour acceptable.
"All fundraising has to be legal, open, honest and respectful and at all times must follow the Code of Fundraising Practice. Every charity should always consider whether to accept or refuse any donations if those donations are from sources not in line with the charity’s values or long-term interests.
"The IoF has guidance on considerations for charities to think about and how to put together a gift acceptance and refusal policy"
IoF Head of Policy and Research, Daniel Fluskey, writes on the Guardian