IoF launches Access Fund for Fundraising Convention
14 March 2019
The IoF launches an Access Fund to support and enable a diverse range of fundraisers to develop their skills and experience.
Following the success of its Diversity Access Fund in 2018 the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched a new appeal to the fundraising community which aims to raise £10,000 to fund bursaries for its showcase Fundraising Convention at the Barbican in London this July.
The fund will enable a diverse range of fundraisers to develop their skills and experience by providing bursaries for individuals to attend Fundraising Convention. Successful applicants will receive bursaries for travel and accommodation costs as well as a ticket for one or more days to Convention. The IoF will invite fundraisers who self-identify as BAME (Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background), LGBT+, or disabled to apply from 2nd April 2019.
Last year, thanks to the generosity of the fundraising community, the IoF was able to award bursaries to twenty three people who would have otherwise been unable to attend and contribute to Fundraising Convention.
“Being able to attend Convention was absolutely fantastic and one that I shall remain ever so grateful for. It has done wonders for the charity I work for and ultimately, raised more money to support our beneficiaries.”
- Access Fund bursary recipient 2018
Since the Access Fund was set up by the Expert Advisory Panel on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, the panel has gone on to establish the #ChangeCollective, a sector movement to improve diversity in fundraising.
Amanda Bringans, Chair of the IoF, said
Our community currently lacks the real diversity it needs to fulfil its potential to support the causes we all care about. This is not only unacceptable but means that we are missing out on so much talent. That’s why we are asking for donations to support the Diversity Access Fund, an early step for us to achieve our ambition of a more equal, diverse and inclusive profession.
We have already received many generous donations from the fundraising community and hope that with the support of fundraisers, organisations and partners within the sector, we can raise a further £10,000 so that more people from diverse backgrounds can attend Fundraising Convention.
For further information please contact FelicityS@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk or on 020 7840 5493.
Notes to editors:
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. 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 over 6,000 individual members and over 575 organisational members who raise more than £9 billion in income for good causes every year. www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk
We want an equal, diverse and inclusive profession where everyone is the right fit.
The IoF's Diversity Access Fund is an important initiative to make fundraising a more equal, more diverse and more inclusive profession. There are currently too few BAME (self-identifying as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background), disabled and LGBT+ (self-identifying under the LGBT+ umbrella, for example as lesbian, gay, bi and/or trans) fundraisers; and not enough women in leadership roles.
Our goal is to create an equal, diverse and inclusive profession where no matter what someone's personal characteristics, including gender identity, ethnicity, faith, age, class, sexuality, age or disability, they will be the right fit.
A big step to achieve this change is enabling those who would otherwise have been unable to participate and learn from our Fundraising Convention.
Last year, thanks to donations from people like you, we awarded bursaries to 23 people who would have otherwise been unable to attend and contribute to Fundraising Convention.
This year we want even more people from diverse backgrounds to attend Fundraising Convention and aim to award 50 bursaries covering travel, accommodation and attendance costs.