Enabling and developing our profession
Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising at Battersea, says she felt a responsibility to give back to the sector in challenging times when she became an IoF trustee. If you're passionate about enabling excellent fundraising, read what Liz has to say about the role and consider joining our ranks.
Q1. Why did you become a trustee?
Before becoming a trustee I’d been an active volunteer for a number of years, sitting on the learning and development committee, chairing the Convention Board and contributing to the development of training and the Code of Practice. So becoming a trustee was a natural next step for me. Also I felt a responsibility and desire to give back at a time when our profession was facing unprecedented scrutiny.
I’ve worked in fundraising for almost two decades and I’ve had brilliant support and development from the Institute of Fundraising throughout my career. So I’m a big fan of the IoF but I also love the difference that charities make in society. I love the kindness of the British public and the impact that supporters have through their generosity. I love the role that fundraisers have to play in connecting supporters with their causes and I love the vibrancy and dynamism of our profession. I think we work in one of the most challenging and rewarding professions there is – so being a trustee of the IoF is an immense privilege.
Q2. How have you been able to apply your skills to your role as a trustee?
As a trustee at the IoF I’ve been able to draw on my experience of being a director at Battersea, as well as a trustee at Action on Hearing Loss, both of which have meant I’ve got an understanding of good governance and how best to provide scrutiny and support to the executive team. I’ve also been able to draw on my past experience of developing fundraising standards and on my technical expertise in public fundraising. As a trustee I’ve chaired the Standards Advisory Board and have been a lead trustee for the Compliance directorate following the IoF’s merger with the PFRA.
Q3. What has been the most worthwhile part of being an IoF trustee?
I’ve really enjoyed working with, and learning from, some of the biggest brains in fundraising and both our current and former chair. I also enjoy keeping abreast of the latest issues in the sector and having an insight into the work that the very talented IOF team do tirelessly behind the scenes. It’s also been inspiring to see the IOF’s new strategy including a focus on and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion as well as small charities. And on a personal level, whilst I’m on maternity leave being a trustee is giving me a great way to stay connected and keep my fundraising brain in gear.
Q4. Why would you encourage others to apply to be an IoF trustee?
Because it’s brilliant to play a small part in enabling, protecting and developing our profession. The IoF, both the staff team and the trustee board, are passionate about enabling excellent fundraising. If you are too we’d love you to join our ranks.
Liz Tait, IoF trustee and Director of Fundraising at Battersea