Institute starts website to help volunteer fundraisers

The Institute of Fundraising is to unveil a free service that will provide fundraising advice, case studies, practical tips and events listings to volunteer fundraisers.

The website, funded by a one-off grant of £100,000 from the Vodafone UK Foundation, will be launched in February.

The resource will complement the existing support the institute provides for volunteer fundraisers, including its code of fundraising practice Volunteer Fundraising.

The institute intends to make the service self-funding once it has launched. The project will be managed by Donna Day Lafferty. She has been at the institute for eight months and previously managed a 14m euro strategy to tackle illegal timber trading around the world.

“Volunteer fundraising is vital to the sustainability of our sector, but many volunteers struggle to get started in their efforts to raise funds,” said Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the institute. “This website will be a central resource, particularly for smaller charities that do not have the capacity to support their volunteer fundraisers in-house.

“The institute will be able to provide support to the 16 million-plus volunteers who are involved in fundraising for a host of different charities. The advice, drawn from the experiences of others, will help them raise even more for their chosen causes.”

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