The advisory board, which is a sub-committee set up by the IoF’s trustees, will advise the trustee board on fundraising best practice, the positions the institute should take in relation to fundraising-related regulatory and legal matters, and oversee the body’s strategy for developing guidance and best practice resources for fundraisers.
Unlike the IoF’s standards committee, which was disbanded after the Code of Fundraising Practice transferred to a new standards committee that sits within the Fundraising Regulator on 7 July, the advisory board is not expected to have a say in shaping the code of practice, although the IoF does have observer status on the regulator’s committee.
The advisory board, which will be chaired by IoF trustee Liz Tait, director of fundraising at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, will consist of 12 members.
Tait told Third Sector she was pleased to have been asked to chair the new committee and was keen to receive applications from as diverse a group of fundraisers as possible.
An information sheet for prospective committee members says the committee will have a key role in advising the IoF board and staff team as the institute’s role in the self-regulation of fundraising evolves and as it embarks on new partnerships with bodies involved in fundraising regulation, particularly the Fundraising Regulator.
Advisory board members will be appointed for three-year terms, with the possibility of re-appointment for further three-year terms.
They will not be remunerated except for expenses and will be expected to attend four three-hour meetings a year at the IoF’s offices in London.
The qualities expected of applicants include an up-to-date understanding of the current issues in fundraising, practical experience across a range of fundraising techniques and activities and "access to key decision-makers and opinion-formers".
The news comes after the IoF published a new code of conduct earlier this month, requiring members to commit to the highest standards of fundraising and to abide by the code of practice.
The new code of conduct was published soon after Stephen Lee, an honorary fellow of the IoF and professor of voluntary sector management at Cass Business School, said the institute was leaving itself with no way of holding its membership to account by transferring the code of practice to the Fundraising Regulator.
The IoF is also recruiting volunteers to hold seats on four of its pre-existing committees: its policy advisory board, the finance and resources committee, the learning and development committee, and the nominations committee, which oversees the election of institute trustees.