The Institute of Fundraising has welcomed the announcement in today’s Budget that subsidised fundraising training will be offered to people who work for small charities and said that it hoped to lead on the project.
Today’s Budget document said the Office for Civil Society would take forward the procurement of a partner to deliver subsidised fundraising training to small charities in 2015/16.
The IoF was among five umbrella bodies that wrote to George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in advance of the Budget calling for more to be done to "support building the fundraising capacity of smaller charities so they can engage with charity tax reliefs and increase the amount of income they generate through fundraising".
A spokesman for the IoF said it would be "delighted to work with the OCS on the development of the programme".
And Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said on Twitter that his organisation was looking forward to working with the government and partners on the programme.
Asked if the organisation would be delivering the scheme, Lewis said: "We are hoping to lead and bring in appropriate partners."
Details of the subsidised training are yet to be confirmed, but a similar scheme of subsidised training days was offered jointly by the IoF and the Fundraising Standards Board in 2011, funded with money from the IoF’s strategic partnership with the Office for Civil Society, which awarded £275,000 to the organisation for 2011/12. That initiative was open to charities with voluntary incomes of less than £1m, with 150 places available at a cost of £20 per delegate.
A spokeswoman for the Fundraising Standards Board said: "There are some fantastic fundraising training courses and opportunities in the UK, but anything that can be done to make it even more cost-effective and accessible for smaller charities is an important and welcome step."