FUNDRAISING NEWS: Single group to train fundraisers

ANNIE KELLY

The Institute of Fundraising and Directory of Social Change are merging their training programmes to create a single organisation to service the whole of the fundraising sector.

The new organisation, called the Fundraising Programme, will provide fundraisers with a comprehensive training package that could be used by all organisations from grass-roots to national level.

"We had more to gain by joining forces than we did by competing against each other,

said David Parker, head of accreditation and training at the institute. "There's a comfortable fit between our two organisations and the launch represents a major boost in the standards of training of the voluntary sector.

"Our sector is in desperate need of a comprehensive body to provide this service. We must ensure that fundraisers are achieving the highest level of training, and a single organisation will be able to create a clearly defined programme that can be applied to all levels of experience and expertise."

The Fundraising Programme was launched at the institute's conference in Birmingham this week, and is due to start running courses by the end of the month.

Jointly managed by the two organisations, the Fundraising Programme has a new pricing structure designed to enable smaller organisations to participate at reduced prices.

Training will be available on four levels, and will offer programmes tailored to meet the needs of both the professional and occasional fundraisers.

"The Fundraising Programme brings together both sets of expertise to provide the most comprehensive training programme for the voluntary sector,

said Meena Varma, training and events director at Directory of Social Change. "We aim to meet as many needs as possible and will continue to act on all feedback we receive."

The institute will continue to offer its specialised in-house training service, which will be re-named Institute of Fundraising Training For Business.

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