Fundraising News: Fundraisers to share expertise

The Institute of Fundraising is planning to provide extra support for fundraisers working in the arts, health and education sectors.

It aims to develop a shared pool of knowledge so that fundraisers from the 'traditional' charities and those working in the arts, health and education can learn from each other. Organisations range from performing and visual arts bodies to universities, schools and hospitals.

Laura Webb, head of membership at the institute, said that although the terminology is sometimes different, the development and funding work undertaken across the various sectors is often similar, although specific techniques and strengths may vary.

She said: "With the forthcoming implementation of self-regulation, it is important that all fundraisers engage with the best standards in fundraising."

The institute has already invested in a number of activities to improve links with fundraisers in the sectors, including expanding its national events programme to provide events on relevant topical issues.

Judy Beard, director of communications and fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Relief, welcomed the proposals. She said: "Competition is there anyway, so we might as well get closer and learn from each other."

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