Consultants seek to join FRSB regulatory scheme

The Association of Fundraising Consultants is in talks with the Fundraising Standards Board about joining the regulatory scheme as an affiliate.

"Consultants have a very important role in raising fundraising standards," said Stefan Lipa, chair of the association. "A lot of our members work with smaller, regional or county charities that might do one-off fundraising campaigns, not the ongoing fundraising you get from larger charities.

"Consultants can be influential in promoting standards by working with clients who are unaware of certain requirements, be it the Charities Act or whatever else they should refer to."

The association has also asked if consultants should be represented on the FRSB board.

"The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association and the Institute of Fundraising are both members of the board of the FRSB, but no consultants are represented," said Lipa.

A spokeswoman for the FRSB said: "We are considering ways of enabling organisations such as the AFC, which are associated with fundraising, but not directly involved in it, to be part of the scheme.

"The structure and membership of the FRSB was agreed after widespread consultation in the sector when we were being established. There are no plans to change this."


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