Institute of Fundraising collates guidance on fundraiser safety in one publication

Safety and Safeguarding in Fundraising has been launched to coincide with publication of Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator reports on the Presidents Club

IoF building
IoF building

The Institute of Fundraising has released a new guide that brings together all of its guidance on fundraiser safety in the wake of the Presidents Club scandal.

The guide has been launched on the IoF website today to coincide with the release of the investigation reports on the Presidents Club by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator. The club was charity that hosted annual men-only fundraising dinners at which female staff alleged they had been sexually harassed.

The charity is in the process of closing after the event was exposed by undercover journalists from the Financial Times newspaper in January.

The regulators’ reports concluded that the trustees of the charity were not aware of their legal duties or of fundraising guidance, so had not complied with them.

Ceri Edwards, director of engagement and external affairs at the IoF, said: "It’s incredibly important that fundraisers feel safe and supported in their work."

He said this was a priority for the IoF and the webpage launched today was aimed at supporting the fundraising community.

The guide, Safety and Safeguarding in Fundraising, is divided into three sections: know your rights, which is aimed at fundraisers; a safe and supportive work culture, which is aimed at managers; and keeping fundraising safe, which is for fundraisers and organisations.

The webpage brings together all of the IoF’s existing guidance and signposts to further resources.

Edwards said: "It’s disappointing to see that the Presidents Club’s trustees had little awareness of the high standards that the fundraising profession holds itself to.

"All fundraisers know that their conduct must be respectful at all times and adhere to the Code of Fundraising Practice.

"We have been very clear that there is no place for this kind of behaviour in our sector. If we see it again we must call it out."

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