A voice for suppliers

A voice for suppliers

Guest Bloggers | 30 May 2018

The Suppliers Forum was set up last year to create two-way communications between the sector’s suppliers and the IoF: a way for both to jointly listen to, and learn from, each other and discuss the challenges facing the sector. It’s a group I strongly encourage other suppliers to join – for both the value you and your organisation will get out of it and for the wider good of the sector and those who work in it.

This month’s event explored a number of interesting insights on sector diversity, GDPR and legitimate interest, compliance, and opportunities for making the most of the upcoming Fundraising Convention and National Fundraising Awards.

It was a timely reminder to share the news of the IoF’s Diversity Access Fund, which launched this month and aims to help a wider diversity of fundraisers attend Fundraising Convention. As well as sharing this opportunity, the IoF is also looking for other organisations to support it through funding, and to share their experiences and insights on this issue through blogs on the IoF’s website.

As one might expect with the GDPR’s upcoming deadline for implementation, the meeting also saw a discussion on Legitimate Interest. This led into the importance of working out what is right for a charity’s own cause and supporters, rather than simply following the herd, and of asking ourselves both what is reasonable and what people would expect to hear from an organisation before we contact them – salient points for all organisations to remember.

Leading on from this, attendees heard too how the IoF is working to develop the support it offers to members in increasing compliance and raising standards, and to make membership more accessible. It is keen to know what else members feel it can do to support individuals, organisations and the sector, and what other compliance challenges are on the horizon in the sector, aside from GDPR.

Finally, there was a reminder of sponsorship opportunities at this year’s Convention and the chance to book a place at the National Fundraising Awards – a must-attend event for celebrating excellence in fundraising as well as a great opportunity to network.

The Suppliers Forum exists to offer suppliers a much-needed voice, providing a fantastic mixture of discussion, sharing of experiences, and of positive action. The more people involved of course, the stronger our voice, as well as the sector, becomes, so do consider becoming a member. Come to the forums and join the group on LinkedIn too.  I’m sure that once you do, you’ll agree it’s worth it.


Scott Gray, CEO of Rapidata and Chair of the IoF Suppliers Forum


The Suppliers Forum is among the member benefits of being an IoF Corporate Supporter. If you are a Corporate Supporter and would like to attend future Suppliers Forums, please contact us at corporate@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk 

Find out more about becoming a Corporate Supporter here