Fundraising Standards Board membership passes 1000 mark

Boost follows Government-backed charity recruitment drive

The Fundraising Standards Board has recruited more than 1,000 members, the self-regulatory body has announced.

Seventy-five organisations have signed up to the scheme since the FRSB launched a membership recruitment drive in January (Third Sector, 13 January, page 1), bringing the total membership to 1,010.

The four-month recruitment campaign, which involves press advertising and a direct mail appeal, has been backed by a £100,000 grant from the Office of the Third Sector. In August, the FRSB announced a revised target of 2,000 members by 2010, instead of an earlier goal of between 4,000 and 5,000 by the same date.

Alistair McLean, chief executive of the FRSB, said the campaign was having an impact. "We've just had our best ever month for signing up new members, and this month looks as if the growth is being maintained," he said.

McLean said he was hopeful the momentum would continue as a result of the FRSB's recruitment activity.

Joseph Hipgrave, fundraising manager at new member organisation the Family Holiday Association, said growing awareness of the logo had encouraged the charity to join the scheme.

"We noticed the FRSB tick increasingly on other charities' materials and became aware that the standard was becoming increasingly accepted across the sector," he said.

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