Fundraising regulator reaches 500 members
The Fundraising Standards Board said it is on course to recruit 4,500 members within five years after London's Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability became the self-regulatory body's 500th member.
"This is one of the important milestones reached by the FSB and it represents more than a doubling of our membership since our public launch in February,” said Jon Scourse, the board’s chief executive. “The fact that the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is a medium-sized charity is important because it illustrates that it is not just the large charities that are joining, and that the scheme is reflecting the sector as a whole."
About 5 per cent of members have incomes of over £25m, while 71 per cent have incomes of less than £1m, according to Scourse.
The board has emerged from difficult beginnings. Its original launch had to be put back due to lack of members, while anti-chugging MP David Lepper threatened to raise questions in Parliament about its independence before a meeting with senior board staff in April convinced him to back down.