Institute of Fundraising research body will emerge by April, says Lindsay Boswell

Chief executive of institute says its 'think bank' is likely to start life as a website

The new research body being set up by the Institute of Fundraising is expected to take shape by April, the institute's chief executive, Lindsay Boswell, told delegates at a meeting yesterday.

Boswell first said he would set the organisation up when he stepped down from the advisory board for the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy in December last year in protest at its lack of ‘practical' research projects.

He told yesterday's meeting that the new organisation was likely to begin as a website providing details of existing research on fundraising.

Boswell said the institute did not intend to charge charities to access research through the new body, which has not yet been named but is being referred to as a "think bank".

He said he hoped the body would later be able to commission research - and that, if it did so, decisions on the type of research it produced would be influenced by the demands of the sector.

Its research would have a practical application for fundraisers, he said.

The institute has not yet secured funding for the new organisation, but Boswell said it had been in talks with potential funders.

He said more detailed written proposals about the structure of the new body would be available by April.

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