FSB membership reaches 400

More than 400 charities and voluntary organisations have now joined the Fundraising Standards Board since the scheme's public launch earlier this year.

The 420 organisations that have become members of the self-regulatory body between them receive more than 25 per cent of voluntary giving in the UK. All of the nation’s top 20 charities have either joined or are in the process of joining.

The board is currently working to recruit smaller charities and will also embark on a campaign to recruit medium-sized groups later this year.

“I’m delighted that so many charities have chosen to join,” said the board’s chief executive Jon Scourse. “It is vital to the success of this self-regulatory scheme that it has strength in depth and that the whole of the sector is seen to back it.”

After the FSB opened for membership last April, it was twice forced to delay its public opening due to lack of members. After revising its membership contract, the organisation launched to the public in February with over 200 groups signed up.

Labour MP David Lepper has announced plans to question the viability of the board in Parliament this month.

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