Fundraisers endorse the Institute of Fundraising’s chartered bid

Fundraisers endorse the Institute of Fundraising’s chartered bid

1 July 2019

The Institute of Fundraising has today announced that they will go ahead with the formal application for chartered status.

The decision comes after a successful member’s vote in favour of the move.

The new status, if granted by the Privy Council later this year, will raise the profile and status of fundraising, promoting it as a respected profession with high standards of practice at its heart and which delivers public benefit. Most importantly, it will provide public recognition of the fundraising profession.

The move will pave the way for members to be formally eligible for individual chartered status in the years to come and on equal terms with other chartered bodies.

The announcement was made at the IoF’s annual general meeting at Fundraising Convention 2019, during which the IoF announced another successful year delivering their ambitious priorities for their members and the fundraising sector. They continue to grow overall the support offered to the wider fundraising community and membership number remain similar to previous years.

Over 2,400 fundraisers participated in Convention 2018, 105 people gained an IoF qualification, 1,643 attended one of the conferences or events and the IoF’s National, Regional and Special Interest Groups continued to grow their reach.

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said

I am absolutely delighted that our members have voted overwhelmingly in favour for chartered status. This is a landmark moment for the Institute, our members and the entire fundraising community. The vote shows that our members value the benefits that chartered status will bring, including much deserved recognition and credibility to everyone in the profession. We will now immediately make our petition to the Privy Council to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

I am also incredibly proud that we have continued to deliver our ambitious priorities for our members and the wider fundraising community. We continue to grow both our reach into, and the support we offer to, the wider fundraising community, including our new RAISE programme for the arts & cultural sector, as well as driving forward our important work on equality, diversity and inclusion.

For further information on our journey to chartered status and FAQs, please click here.

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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.