Institute of Fundraising to take over CharityFacts

Emma Maier

The Institute of Fundraising is to take over the running of the CharityFacts.org website when its founder, Professor Adrian Sargeant, takes up a new post in the US this month.

Sargeant launched the site in March last year with funding from Cancer Research UK, the NSPCC, the British Red Cross and the RSPCA. It tells donors what to expect from the organisations they support and dispels myths about fundraising (Third Sector, 9 February 2005).

The institute, which has always endorsed the site, will maintain and update it when Sargeant, who is currently professor of non-profit marketing and fundraising at Bristol Business School, takes up the post of professor of fundraising at Indiana University.

According to Sargeant, the institute will need to cover internet hosting costs of about £200 a year. However, it may need to invest more heavily in updates when the Charities Act is passed and the Fundraising Standards Board self-regulation scheme begins.

Sargeant said it was logical for the institute to take on the site. "It makes sense for this sort of thing to all be in one place rather than there being lots of separate initiatives," he said.

He added that there were plans to license the site in the US and Australia.

Lindsay Boswell, the chief executive of the institute, said: "Championing fundraising is key for us. CharityFacts fits this brief exactly."

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