The Institute of Fundraising is giving £50,000 to the ImpACT coalition to help fund its first project director.
ImpACT, which aims to improve public trust in charities, currently relies on volunteers. It has been looking for funding since the start of the year after dropping a plan to ask members to pay to join.
Last month the institute called on the Government to invest in ImpACT (Third Sector, 1 November). "At the time of the request it was already our plan to fund this post," said Lindsay Boswell, the institute's chief executive. "But one person on their own can't change the culture across an entire sector, so the request for government funding still stands."
The institute is using unrestricted strategic funding from the Office of the Third Sector to pay for the new role, which could be part-time or full-time. A salary has not been specified.
"The successful candidate will have to recruit more charities and look at securing longer-term funding," said Alan Gosschalk, ImpACT spokesman and head of fundraising at homelessness charity Shelter.
ImpACT was set up last year by the institute, Gosschalk, the NSPCC's head of communications John Grounds and Campbell Robb, who recently became director general of the OTS.
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