Amadi takes chair at Institute of Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising has appointed Paul Amadi, group director of fundraising at the RNIB, as its new chair. Amadi will take over from Joe Saxton when his term as a trustee comes to an end on 8 July.

Amadi has more than a decade’s fundraising experience. In his role at the RNIB he manages a team of 400 fundraisers.

Before joining the blindness charity in June 2006, he was director of Sense for more than four years. Before that, he was head of fundraising at disability charity Leonard Cheshire. He started his fundraising career with NCH, the children’s charity.

Amadi has been a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising for three years and is currently chair of the institute’s Professional Development Committee. He is the former chair and one of the founders of the Black Fundraisers Network Special Interest Group, established to provide support to black and minority ethnic fundraisers.

“I am delighted to have been chosen as the next chair of the Institute of Fundraising,” said Amadi. “I am conscious of the huge and positive impact that the current chair, Joe Saxton, has had, but I am also aware there is so much more to be done to develop a vibrant, confident, professional sector.”

Saxton, who is co-founder of sector think tank and research body nfpSynergy, said: “The institute is so lucky to get an experienced, successful, fundraising director like Paul as its new chair. His experience at the sharp end of the day-to-day pressures of being a fundraiser will be invaluable in his new role, and I am delighted that he agreed to take it on.”

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