A special interest group for corporate fundraisers has been formed to help charities of all sizes make the most of partnerships and exchange ideas and best practice.
The group, which is an Institute of Fundraising project but also open to non-members, will meet quarterly in London and other locations. Each meeting will comprise a seminar run by a specialist consultant, and fundraisers will have the opportunity to network and discuss issues affecting them.
"More than 600 people have expressed an interest so far and plans are progressing," said Daniel Fletcher, head of fundraising and business partnerships at the Foyer Federation, who will chair the group. "I am planning to organise some speakers from businesses so we can get a better idea of the fundraising process from their perspective, and we will also be looking at how smaller charities can develop a corporate strategy."
Work is already under way to develop a mentoring programme and an internet discussion forum.
"There is nothing of similar nature available at the moment, so the ideas have been well received," said Fletcher.
The group will also have a role in representing the needs of corporate fundraisers to the Institute of Fundraising and to the sector more widely.
The scheme will launch in London on 2 October, and the meeting will include a talk by voluntary sector researcher Joe Saxton, co-founder of think-tank nfpSynergy, about future trends in corporate fundraising.