As the chair of the Institute of Fundraising, I have pulled rank and taken the first slot in this space where members can reach a wide audience with their views.
I have been chair during the period of transition from the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers to the Institute of Fundraising. We are here to support all fundraisers, to represent all fundraisers and to challenge all fundraisers. The challenge is to improve and promote the highest standards of fundraising and our most important work is encompassed in the production of the Codes of Fundraising Practice. Last week saw the launch of our latest code, Charities Working With Business. Like all the codes, it sets out the legal requirement as well as best practice that is mandatory for all members of the Institute. The consultation for this latest code has been the most comprehensive yet. Regardless of whether you are a member or not, we all have a duty to follow best practice and the codes are available from the Institute and can be downloaded free from the web site as well.
The Institute has a key role in providing a representative voice for fundraising to ensure that the right conditions prevail to allow fundraising charities to succeed. Current issues include the work of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, the Post Office's plans to charge by size rather than by weight and the implications of the changes in regulations to raffles and lotteries. We can only achieve a representative voice and get your views across if we have as many fundraising charities engaged as possible.
Finally, fundraising is a tough job at all times, and for many an isolated task. Wherever fundraising is debated, discussed or is an issue, the Institute needs to be there - adding breadth, wisdom, knowledge and humour.