Fundraising news: Recuitment soars at community fundraising forum

Helen Barrett

An informal, independent community fundraising forum has recruited more than 50 members after only two meetings.

The forum, founded two months ago by fundraisers from Sue Ryder Care, the RNID, Unicef and Action on Elder Abuse, calls itself the Community Managers Forum.

It includes regional and community fundraisers and organises online discussions and monthly meetings in London to share ideas and expertise.

The organisers claim its success comes from word-of-mouth recommendations, and because its services are free and open to all. "There is a real craving for an un-bureaucratic support group for community fundraisers," said Kathryn Marshall, senior events and community fundraising manager at the RNID and manager of CMF's website.

"We wanted to share expertise in a less structured environment than more formal networking events."

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, which runs its own special interest groups for members, said: "Networking groups such as this are a great opportunity to meet other fundraisers and to discuss current issues. The institute's special interest groups offer formal and informal events."

CMF's next event covers how to keep donors happy. It will be in London on 9 June.

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