FRSB launches new membership category

The Fundraising Standards Board has launched an 'advocate members' package to allow organisations that support or advise fundraisers to support the self-regulation scheme.

The new category has been created for organisations that want to support self-regulation but for whom it is inappropriate to become full members of the FRSB, for example groups that don't directly raise funds from the public. Advocate members will be encouraged to promote the regulatory body and its scheme to their own staff and to other organisations.

The Institute of Fundraising and the Public Fundraising Association are among the first organisations to join the scheme.

“Any organisation whose members have any form of interest in voluntary income has a compelling moral reason to join the FRSB as an advocate member,” said Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the institute. “The £8bn given each year by the public is too important to put at risk, and self-regulation is key to reducing this risk."

Susan Robinson, fellow of the institute, is an advocate member in Scotland. “Working as a trainer and assessor of fundraisers, I feel it’s important to demonstrate best practice at all times,” she said. “Becoming an advocate member of FRSB allows me to keep up to date with Institute Codes of Fundraising Practice and other information, which I can pass on.”

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