IoF responds to the Charity Commission Statement of Strategic Intent

IoF responds to the Charity Commission Statement of Strategic Intent

5 October 2018

Responding to the Charity Commission's Statement of Strategic Intent, Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said:

We welcome the Commission’s declaration of strategic intent as they map out a clear vision for the future of the sector and the role of the Charity Commission. We are pleased that Baroness Stowell has voiced the clear purpose of the Commission to ensure charity can thrive and to inspire trust in order to strengthen society.

It is absolutely right that she says the Commission has a role to ensure charities show they are being true to their own purposes and demonstrate the difference they are making.

Fundraising plays a key role in building public trust. It’s the main way that people hear about the work of charities and the difference a donation will make. This is especially important as we know that 80% of people only donate when asked, and we also know that 63% of people after donating go on to take an additional positive action for that cause.

The Institute of Fundraising will continue to support our members and the wider charity sector to ensure fundraising standards go beyond mere compliance to achieving excellent fundraising that inspires people to give.


Baroness Stowell presented the Charity Commission's new Statement on Strategic Intent at an event at the RSA on 4th October 2018. The Statement of Strategic Intent can be read in full on the government's website.