Fundraising agencies 'open to criticism', says FRSB

Fundraising Standards Board encourages fundraising agencies to join organisation

Alistair McLean, chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, has urged more face-to-face fundraising agencies to join his organisation.

McLean said he was disappointed that, of the 15 members of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, only five were also members of the FRSB. "With people out to have a go at face-to-face fundraising, it leaves agencies open to criticism when they don't join," McLean said.

Non-member agencies are not bound by the FRSB's fundraising promise, which includes being honest, open, fair and reasonable. McLean said all major charities should encourage their suppliers to join in order to protect their brand.

Mick Aldridge, chief executive of the PFRA, said it would be best if agencies joined both organisations, but he did not think it was essential. Many agencies that carried out other types of fundraising, such as direct mail, also chose not to be members of the FRSB, Aldridge said.

Rupert Tappin, director of Future Fundraising, which is not an FRSB member, said it was planning to join, but there needed to be more clarity over the different areas covered by the PFRA, the FRSB and the Institute of Fundraising.

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