International fundraisers call for face-to-face ideas website

Shared experiences could spread best practice, says PFRA's Mick Aldridge

Mick Aldridge, chief executive, Public Fundraising Regulatory Association
Mick Aldridge, chief executive, Public Fundraising Regulatory Association

A website where face-to-face fundraisers from different parts of the world could share best practice was one of the suggestions at a session at the International Fundraising Congress examining whether they should cooperate more.

The session, at the global fundraising conference held in the Netherlands, was convened by Mick Aldridge, chief executive of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.

About 40 fundraisers from countries including the UK, the Netherlands and Australia, attended the session.

They all showed enthusiasm for building a global face-to-face fundraising website where they could share information about best practice, mystery shopping methodology and codes of practice.

Some mentioned the idea of a password-protected forum where they could discuss the fundraising method.

Aldridge also told the session that the PFRA would like to make its annual attrition survey an international poll, saying he would eventually like at least 100 charities worldwide to take part.

After the debate, Aldridge told Third Sector that the PFRA would email fundraisers who attended the debate, asking them to fill out a survey about how they would like to unite.

He said everyone would benefit from different countries coming together like this.

"We’re a mature market in the UK, but we don’t know everything," he said. "If we share our experiences we can make the medium better for potential donors."

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