Fundraising regulator reaches 500 members

The Fundraising Standards Board said it is on course to recruit 4,500 members within five years after London's Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability became the self-regulatory body's 500th member.

FSB chief executive Jon Scourse (left) presents a commemorative certificate to Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability director of fundraising Gaz Daly.
FSB chief executive Jon Scourse (left) presents a commemorative certificate to Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability director of fundraising Gaz Daly.
The board now has 515 members, 499 of whom are charities. Together, those charities account for 25 per cent of charitable income, according to CAF’s latest figures.

"This is one of the important milestones reached by the FSB and it represents more than a doubling of our membership since our public launch in February,” said Jon Scourse, the board’s chief executive. “The fact that the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is a medium-sized charity is important because it illustrates that it is not just the large charities that are joining, and that the scheme is reflecting the sector as a whole."

About 5 per cent of members have incomes of over £25m, while 71 per cent have incomes of less than £1m, according to Scourse.

The board has emerged from difficult beginnings. Its original launch had to be put back due to lack of members, while anti-chugging MP David Lepper threatened to raise questions in Parliament about its independence before a meeting with senior board staff in April convinced him to back down.

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