This week sees the Institute launch its response to the Buse report on self-regulation. A full explanation of this can be read on our website, www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk or by phoning 0207 627 3436 for a copy of the report. It is being sent to all members and all the main umbrella bodies. Although the consultation period has been going on for some time it's vital that we get this part right.
When Rodney Buse was asked to pull together a working party to come up with the proposals for self-regulation, he rightly ran two phases of consultation with a period in between to reflect on the views and feedback expressed by all the responses. In-keeping with the Compact, each consultation lasts three months and we are now in the middle of the final period. This finishes at the end of April, at which stage we plan to seek support from the Government to help kick-start the implementation of self-regulation.
We have asked CAF to co-ordinate all responses and feedback on the proposals, and we will be adding our comments to this process. CAF has pulled together a steering group to review the responses and to help develop detailed thinking about how the scheme will operate.
Setting up, developing and promoting a best practice scheme allows the whole profession of fundraising to actively engage with the public and the media in an open and transparent way, showing that, while there will always be fraudsters, there is a willingness to adopt the best possible standards and to talk openly and frankly about the realities of fundraising and, in turn, the complexity and sophistication that is a modern charity.