Institute's qualification recognised by European body

The Institute of Fundraising's professional qualification has been recognised as a European standard by the European Fundraising Association.

The certificate in fundraising management is one of five national qualifications to be awarded this status alongside equivalent qualifications in France, Germany, Hungary and Sweden.

New certificates displaying the EFA-certified brand will be issued to more than 500 qualified, full certificated members of the Institute of Fundraising.

The certificate in fundraising management is accessible through higher education, private training and distance learning. Completion of the certificate leads to full, certified membership of the Institute of Fundraising.

“European recognition of the certificate in fundraising management enables UK fundraisers to demonstrate that they are leading, qualified European practitioners,” said Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising. “With the growth of the internet and widespread media interest in charities, fundraising is becoming more and more visible beyond national boundaries. Standards are ever more important and the need for professional qualifications cannot be underestimated.”

Dr Marita Haibach, president of the European Fundraising Association, said: “An EFA-certified qualification is a fundraising ‘passport’ that brings both recognition and mobility to work in other cultures to a shared set of principles."

The EFA certification programme has been developed with funding from the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci programme. All EFA-certified fundraising qualifications must meet EFA’s common competency framework and syllabus, and should be delivered in accordance with training delivery guidelines.

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