Fundraisers' commission under scrutiny

Institute of Fundraising to review best practice code

The Institute of Fundraising code of practice on the payment of commission to fundraisers is to be reviewed.

The institute's standards committee is holding a meeting today (Thursday) to discuss replacing the code Payment of Fundraisers on a Commission Basis with a new and broader code called Payment of Fundraisers.

The new code will cover a wider range of issues than the current one, including guidelines on the employment of fundraisers and various methods of payment.

Items under discussion are understood to include whether fundraisers should receive commission for recruiting donors and if consultants or agencies should receive a percentage of gifts made by donors they have introduced to a charity.

The current code applies only to the remuneration of fundraisers on a commission basis where the fundraiser receives a percentage of the total sum raised as payment.

In line with standard institute procedures, the reviewed code must first be agreed by the institute board of trustees before reaching the consultation phase.

A spokeswoman for the institute confirmed that the code would be undergoing a "comprehensive review". She said she was unable to comment further because the document was in its "internal phase".

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