Approval of Order granting a Royal Charter to the Institute of Fundraising

Approval of Order granting a Royal Charter to the Institute of Fundraising

14 February 2020

The Institute of Fundraising has today announced that Her Majesty The Queen approved an Order granting a Royal Charter to the Institute of Fundraising.

In a meeting of the Privy Council held on Wednesday 12th February 2020, Her Majesty The Queen approved an Order granting a Royal Charter to the Institute of Fundraising. The Royal Charter does not take legal effect until the Royal seal is attached, which is expected to happen within the next few months.  

This is a significant step for the Institute and the fundraising community, embedding professional standards at the heart of the fundraising community, and securing external recognition for the important role fundraisers play in today’s society raising vital funds to make the world a better place.

In a message to members today, Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said:

This is a huge achievement less than 37 years after a few volunteers met for the first time to form what is today the Institute of Fundraising. It demonstrates, through the Royal Charter, formal public recognition across the UK of fundraising as a profession, and of the specialist professional skills fundraisers bring to their work, making the world a better place.

On behalf of the staff team at the Institute I would like to congratulate our members and volunteers who have created the organisation we are today. Without your commitment to the profession, to professional standards, and to your own professional development the Institute would not be receiving this public recognition.

Notes to Editors:

The Institute hopes to start operating as the new Chartered Institute of Fundraising in April, once the Royal Charter takes effect, and plans to launch its new identity and website before Fundraising Convention, its annual festival of fundraising.

Read all about our journey to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

-          ENDS      -

For further information, please contact Felicity Spencer-Smith, External Affairs Officer via felicitys@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk or on 0207 840 5493.

Note:

Formed in 1983, the Institute of Fundraising is the professional membership body for UK fundraisers. We support fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking; and we champion and promote fundraising as a career choice. We have around 6,000 individual members and over 600 organisational members who raise more than £10 billion in income for good causes every year.  www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk