Rival code signs up 30 members

Practical Fundraising reports brisk take-up for the Good Fundraising Code in its first two weeks

A total of 30 organisations signed up to the Practical Fundraising Association's code of practice in its first fortnight, the organisation has reported.

The PFA launched a free code with its own logo to rival the Fundraising Standards Board's 'tick' scheme last month. The Good Fundraising Code is designed to give fundraisers a form of accreditation and accountability.

The code consists of four guidelines. A panel of members will be nominated to assess complaints from the public (Third Sector Online, 22 January).

Stephen Morton, head of the Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust, which has signed up to the code, said its simplicity and the fact that charities could use it free of charge meant it was a better option for smaller charities than joining the FRSB.

"Even spending £30 a year is not justifiable for a scheme that I feel is completely over-engineered," he said.

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