Fundraising: Institute offers members self-regulation discounts

Helen Barrett

The Institute of Fundraising is to offer financial help to its 200 organisational members if they join the new self-regulation of fundraising scheme.

A story in Third Sector last week said incorrectly that small and medium-sized charities would get discounts from the Fundraising Standards Board.

The institute is offering its 30 per cent discount to members for the first year only. The incentives were announced at a reception for members in London.

"The discount is offered by the institute as an incentive exclusively to its 200 organisational members," said Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the institute.

Jon Scourse, director of the FSB, said that all small and medium-sized charities were getting an incentive to join through "a generous fee structure that recognises their lower income levels". Charities pay on a sliding scale from £30 to £1,800.

The FSB has also outlined its plans for operating the self-regulation scheme, including a three-stage process for handling complaints about charity fundraising from the public.

It will expect fundraising organisations to resolve complaints directly with complainants in the first instance. If the parties are unable to resolve a complaint, the FSB will step in to arbitrate at the second stage.

After that, the matter will be referred to an independent complaints reviewer.

The board is chaired by Colin Lloyd, former president of the Institute of Sales Promotion.

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