The vote had been scheduled to take place at the PFRA’s annual general meeting in London yesterday after a consultation with the membership body’s members was carried out over the last few months.
But the bodies said they decided at the event to postpone the vote until a later date in order to allow more time for the legal requirements of the due-diligence process to be completed.
"The boards of both organisations remain entirely committed to merging at the earliest opportunity and the target date for completing the merger remains unchanged at 31 July," said Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, and Peter Hills-Jones, chief executive of the PFRA, in a joint statement issued after the AGM.
The vote will be held at an extraordinary general meeting of PFRA members, but it has not yet been determined when this will take place, according to a spokesman for the IoF and the PFRA.
He would not reveal the name of the organisation that was carrying out the due diligence, nor comment on what the process entailed. He said the bodies would not be disclosing how many members opposed the move in the vote.
The two bodies launched a consultation on the move in April, which included a series of question-and-answer sessions designed to enable PFRA members to discuss the proposals with IoF trustees and senior PFRA staff. The IoF/PFRA spokesman said the bodies would not be making public any of the feedback they received.
A question-and-answer session on the past year in fundraising and the future direction of face-to-face compliance was held at yesterday’s event with Hills-Jones – who will become the IoF’s director of fundraising compliance once the merger has taken place – and Paul Stallard, outgoing chair of the PFRA. But it was closed to the press, as was a keynote speech delivered by Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam, which ended its door-to-door fundraising programme last December.