Institute of Fundraising: Institute's first volunteer fundraising code

In 2005 - the Year of the Volunteer - the Institute is launching the first best practice code for volunteer fundraising.

We all recognise how vital volunteers are to the successful work of charities and, with more than 16 million volunteers involved in fundraising, the code is a critical step in establishing the standards charities should follow when working with volunteer fundraisers. These standards have been established to ensure effective volunteer fundraising practices and management so that we, as a sector, can not only recruit more volunteers, but also retain those we have.

Building on existing good practice, the code has been developed, following sector consultation, by a working party of volunteers.

The volunteer fundraising code establishes guidelines for organisations working with volunteer fundraisers, differentiating between volunteers that are acting 'on behalf of' an organisation (where the responsibility lies with the charity) and 'in aid of' an organisation (where the responsibility remains with the volunteer).

The code incorporates tailored guidance for managing volunteers, also covering specific issues that arise when celebrities engage in volunteer fundraising activity.

The new code, and a template letter containing guidance for 'in aid of' volunteer fundraisers, can be downloaded from

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