IoF to hold summit to increase fundraising support for smaller charities

IoF to hold summit to increase fundraising support for smaller charities

23 June 2017

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has announced today it will convene a summit between small charities, funding organisations and infrastructure bodies to identify ways to increase fundraising mentoring, advice and training initiatives for smaller charities. The announcement was made as the IoF released their Fundraising Support for Small Charities report and campaign calling for more to be done to help small charities to grow their fundraising skills and capacity in the long-term.

There is an acute need for more support for smaller charities with many reporting that they lack the skills needed to be able to effectively raise the funds they need. This comes at a time when demand for many charities’ services and work is increasing. 70% expect an increase in demand for their services over the next 12 months. The IoF’s report highlights why investment in fundraising can be a ‘big part of the solution’ as growing smaller charities’ ability to fundraise can increase their sustainability for the longer-term.

The IoF hopes that by convening the summit later this year, it will kick-start a concerted drive across the charity sector and funding bodies to expand mentoring and ongoing fundraising advice and support for smaller charities. Among the reports other recommendations are:

• Increasing funding from government, local authorities and foundations for fundraising training for smaller charities;
• Grant, contract and project funding for smaller charities should more often also include support for capacity building, including fundraising;
• Central, devolved and local government should produce long-term plans for how they will help to strengthen capacity building, including fundraising, for smaller charities.

Mike Smith, Head of External Affairs at the Institute of Fundraising said:

“Fundraising is one of the most effective ways for many small charities to raise the money they need to continue their amazing work. However, they need more help and support to do so. By launching this campaign and holding the summit later in the year we want to kick-start action to ensure the long-term support for smaller charities to be able to raise funds in a sustainable way for the causes they work on.”

Rebecca Bunce, Policy & Engagement Manager at Small Charities Coalition, said:

"Diversification of income is key to ensuring a sustainable future for small charities. However, this requires new skills and strategic approaches from already overstretched small charities. We know that these organisations with under £1 million in income are facing significant funding challenges, particularly with the fall of public sector grants and small contracts. As such, we welcome this call from IoF to ensure that small charities are given greater support in their fundraising efforts and assisted in planning for the future."

Chris Dormer, Head of Business Development at Localgiving, said:

"This report highlights that the sustainability of small local charities, serving their local communities, is being put at risk. Localgiving is passionate about this, and we support the recommendations outlined. It is vitally important that all stakeholders across the sector come together, and we welcome the idea of a summit where we can create a collaborative approach by way of a response.”

You can find the full report here


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 575 organisational members who raise more than £9 billion in income for good causes every year, and over 6,000 individual members.